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I just stumbled upon this too late. A vigil was held tonight for Brandi, a 37 year old Transwoman. Brandi was shot in Oakland, California. I haven't been able to find out more about the vigil. I will try and see if we can have another a week from her death so we can get attention focused on this all too IGNORED tragedy. A medic from Occupy Oakland rendered assistance.

That so many Transgender People die violent deaths at the hands of others and it isn't reported more in the media needs to change.

The Mercury identified her as a person. Which is an improvement.:

The third death occurred around 5:45 a.m., when a person was shot to death at the corner of 13th and Franklin streets, a block from the Burger King where the Saturday incident occurred.

Police responding to reports of shots fired saw the person lying in the roadway, outside another restaurant that apparently had some of its windows shattered by gunfire. The shooting victim, identified as a 37-year-old Hayward resident, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The victim's name was withheld while police tried to contact family members. Investigators said the individual had been in a verbal confrontation before the shooting.

Police shut down Franklin Street between 12th and 14th streets and 13th Street between Broadway and Franklin while conducting the investigation.

Of course responses from the community that is the focus of this Terrorism is important.
TRANSPHOBIC MURDER LAST NIGHT at 13th and Franklin in Downtown Oakland – COME TO EMERGENCY VIGIL at 8pm tonight (Sunday) at same location !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! REPOST PLEASE! — Brandi, a transwoman, was murdered last night, shot at 12th and Franklin in Downtown Oakland after an altercation with a man who became enraged and shot her when he realized she was trans. An amazing #oo comrade tried to keep her alive with training learned from the People’s Community Medics, but the cops walked away and the ambulance came too late. FUCK THIS SHIT > COME OUT AT 8PM

April 30, 2012 • 12:01 AM 0
Person killed in Oakland confrontation likely a transgender woman

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THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — Oakland police responded to reports of gunshots near 13th and Franklin streets on Saturday and found a body in the roadway. The victim’s name is being withheld pending family notification, however the police did say the victim was a 37-year-old Hayward resident. There was reports of a confrontation prior to the shooting.

Oakland: Three killed in weekend violence – San Jose Mercury News.

The police report does not say if the person was transgender, however, a blog is reporting the death of a transwoman named “Brandi”  at the same location and same approximate time frame.

From the blog: Brandi, a transwoman, was murdered last night, shot at 12th and Franklin in Downtown Oakland after an altercation with a man who became enraged and shot her when he realized she was trans.

I will update when more becomes known.

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From an unrelated blog. Please understand that alot of we Transpeople do not get an appropriate education. Bullying is especially bad for Gender Variant children. I dropped out not much after the 9th grade as far as education not related to employment specific fields is concerned. So The writing can be a bit rough.


jesus this is fucking scary- a night before this a friend and i were out on 17th and some dude started fallowing us and screaming at us cuz he read us as a lez couple then relized i was a trans woman and started threatening rape and that he was going to kill me and just a day before a friend of my barely escaped getting beaten or worse by a group of dudes only cuz they were able to convince them that they were a cis woman and not a trans woman/faggot. It could have been any of us- were all just a moment away from encountering the wrong man/men on the wrong street...(Edited for content)

Originally posted to Occupy Wall Street on Mon Apr 30, 2012 at 02:12 AM PDT.

Also republished by Milk Men And Women, Angry Gays, and TransAction.

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