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Trans Woman Murdered In Detroit, Michigan

Last night on the Daily Show, they interviewed a teacher who said that he loves America. In another nation, he would be thrown in jail for what he teaches, but here, he only gets banned. In another nation, they might have distributed a hit list including the name Coko Williams, but it doesn’t make the fact that she was murdered any better.

Detroit Police confirmed that Coko Williams was murde3red early this morning on the 100 block of Parkhurst near Woodward and McNichols Road. She was 35 and transgender. She was shot, but details are still sketchy.

Equality Michigan’s Director of Victim Services Nursrat Ventimiglia issued a statement saying:

“We are saddened to hear of yet another life ended too soon. Our thoughts go out to Ms. Williams’ family and friends who have suffered a great loss. We urge anyone with information about Coko’s killing to contact the Detroit Police at 313-596-2260. We unequivocally offer our support to law enforcement and the community so that Coko Williams’ killers are swiftly apprehended and brought to justice.”

“It has been widely reported that the area in which this crime occurred is known for sex work. To be clear, it is unknown at this time whether Ms. Williams was engaged in sex work at the time of her killing, however, it is clear that sex workers are often targets of severe violence. Further, transgender women are far too often victims of the most severe violence. Our most recent report through the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, Hate Violence Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and HIV-Affected Communities in the United States in 2010, documented 27 anti gay, transgender and HIV positive murders, the second highest yearly total ever recorded by the coalition, and transgender women made up 44% of the 27 reported murders in 2010 while representing only 11% of total survivors and victims. Among transgender murder victims, 42% of transgender women killed last year were engaged in sex work at the time of their murder. Equality Michigan and the NCAVP denounce violence against sex workers and seek to raise awareness of the violence faced by gay and transgender sex workers as well as transgender women.”

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