Thursday, August 27, 2009

Two transgender women stabbed in broad daylight

Joshua Mack 21 Clinton,Md Died on Wednesday Aug 26 after being stabbed in DC pictured above.

Police say a double stabbing in broad daylight left one person dead and another injured in Northwest Washington on Wednesday.

Police say two people were stabbed in the 200 block of Q Street Northwest around 2:30 p.m. Officers found two transgender women in front of the building when they arrived. One of the victims, identified as twenty-one year old Joshua Mack from Clinton, Md., later died at a hospital.

The second victim remains hospitalized in stable condition.

The crime scene was an alarming sight for residents who live on Q Street. One neighbor told FOX 5 they saw the two victims running from their attacker, and that one of them collapsed on the sidewalk. That victim later died.

"He said he couldn't breathe, 'I can't breathe,'" said Frenzell Alexander, a neighbor. "He came down 4th street and was gasping for breath and was bleeding from his neck."

Late Wednesday, police announced that 21-year-old Joshua Mack of Clinton, Maryland was pronounced dead at Howard University Hospital just after 3 p.m. The second victim was taken to a local hospital and admitted in stable condition with non-life threatening injuries. Police are withholding the identity of the second victim, who was a witness to the murder.

The Metropolitan Police Department is offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information leading to the killer.

Nano Boo, who sometimes used her birth name of Joshua Mack, lived in Clinton, Maryland. Detectives are unsure if gender or perceived sexual orientation was a factor in the murder and stabbing. But the stabbings occurred about two blocks "from the North Capitol Street offices of Transgender Health Empowerment [which] provides drop-in services to transgender people, including transgender youth."

There will be a candlelight vigil for the two trans victims tomorrow night at 6:30pm 209 Q ST NW. Washington DC.

1 comment:

Keith Jones said...

Its a shame that in the shadows of the Capitol we have a possible hate crime being committed.