Jacksonville LGBTQ community concerned after trans killing

A transgender woman, age 24, was shot to death Sunday in a Jacksonville, Florida motel.

The death marks the fourth recorded attack against the city’s transgender community since February. Of those four, three persons have died, one has survived.

The transgender woman was found at a Quality Inn on Dix Ellis Trail in Baymeadows. Reports say the police are seeking a male individual driving a beige-colored car.

The string of Jacksonville attacks began on February 4.

Cindy Walker, age 36, was shot to death at an Extended Stay America.

Anatasha English, age 38, was shot close to a vacant home in the Northwest section of town. She died on June 1.

On June 8, a transgender woman was shot multiple times in Northwest Jacksonville, and survived.

Jacksonville law enforcement officers have said there is no evidence linking the victims. Some trans advocates are disagree, and suspect the police are taking the killings too lightly.

According to News4Jax, “The Coalition for Equality has been asking on behalf of the LGBTQ community for a meeting with the Sheriff’s Office to discuss the community’s concerns.” Cindy Watson, a local LGBTQ advocate, says the department has not responded.

Nationwide, there have been thirteen reported killings of transgender persons this year.