In what police have described as “a
robbery gone bad,” a transgender woman was fatally shot in the head
in the Los Angeles neighborhood of East Hollywood.
The victim, 47, is seen in video
captured by a surveillance camera walking along the 600 block of
North Kenmore Avenue around 2:30 AM Thursday morning when she is
approached by three men in their 20s. An altercation between the men,
described by police as Hispanic, and the woman ensues in which they
unsuccessfully attempt to overpower her and steal her purse. One of
the men pursues her and shoots her in the head as she crosses the
The woman was pronounced dead around 5
AM at Los Angles County-USC Medical Center.
“From what we've been told by
witnesses, it appears … that it may be a robbery gone bad,” said
police Lt. Joe Losorelli.
The woman will be remembered at a vigil
to be held at the scene of the crime Friday night.
News 5 noted that police initially described the victim as a
transgender woman but an LAPD detective described the deceased person
as a transgender man.