3 transgender people shot in Detroit in past week, investigated as hate crimes

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Three transgender people have been shot in the same area of Detroit in the past week, and police are investigating to determine whether the crimes are connected.

A transgender person was killed Friday in Palmer Park, which has long been home to an LGBT community. Police said the shooting appeared to be a hate crime, according to WXYZ. .

On Sunday and last week, two transgender people were shot in the same area.

Police recovered a gun in the fatal shooting.

Attacks on transgender people along Woodward between McNichols and Seven Mile are nothing new, but the public rarely hears about it because police have been unusually tight-lipped about the attacks. Like in past cases, police have declined to identify the latest victims.

Equality Michigan, a gay rights group, called for an investigation last year into the disturbing murder of a transgender woman in Detroit after her body was discovered in a trash can behind a bar on Woodward near McNichols in November.

Police have not identified the victim and declined to discuss the case.

Reports of hate crimes can attract the FBI and other federal attention.

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Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.