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The shooting death of a transgender person in Chesterfield Square this week is among a string of similar homicides nationwide and the third in Southern California this year, according to activists who planned a vigil for the victim Friday night.

Officers investigating reports of a robbery Wednesday found the victim on the front porch of a residence in the 6100 block of South Wilton Place, LAPD Detective Chris Barling told the Los Angeles Times. She died at the scene, police said.

“We believe she was robbed and then the suspect shot her,” Barling told the newspaper. He said investigators were open to the possibility that the deceased was the victim of a hate crime.

She did not live at the residence where she was shot, according to investigators.

At least two other transgender women have been killed in Southern California this year, according to The Times.

Transgender immigration activist Zoraida Reyes, 29, was choked to death on June 11 and her body dumped the following day in a Dairy Queen in Anaheim. A 38-year-old Anaheim man has been charged with murdering her.

Aniya Knee Parker, 47, was fatally shot in East Hollywood on Oct. 2 after two men struggled to take her purse. A $50,000 reward has been offered in that case.

“The National LGBTQ Task Force is outraged” by the killings “targeting transgender women of color taking place throughout the nation,” said the Rev. Darlene Nipper, the organization’s deputy executive director. “This year alone, twelve transgender African-American and Latina women have been murdered — and there seems to be no end in sight to these ongoing tragedies.”

A light-colored compact car was seen being driven from the area of Wednesday’s killing. Police asked anyone with information about the case to contact the LAPD’s Criminal Gang Homicide Division at (213) 485-4341. After- hours calls may be directed to (877) LAPD-24-7 and anonymous tips can be left by calling Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.

City News Service

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