THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — [Update: Suspect arrested, see below.] Legendary Miami south beach area drag queen, Wanda, was shot and killed in Tampa, Florida. Towleroad is reporting that she was greeted with 5 bullets when she tried to answer a door while visiting someone. The shooter got away. Police say mistaken identity may be involved but no one is exactly sure why this has happened.
There is no apparent connection between this shooting and the earlier Tampa shooting of another trans woman, Coko. In that case, the shooter, Spencer Tavares apparently has been in police custody for a while. Coko is recovering from her injuries.
UPDATE — June 9, 2013. Tampa Police have arrested Deandre Tolliver and charged with 1st-degree murder. They believe Wanda died during a home invasion conducted by Tolliver and two other “subjects”. The police is still trying to identify them. Tolliver is reported to be the one who fired the shots. Wanda was at the house visiting a sick friend.
More on the arrest: http://www.abcactionnews.com//dpp/news/arrest-made-for-murder-of-well-known-tampa-female-impersonator#ixzz2VlUJYXdD
More on the shooting of Wanda: South Beach 90’s Drag Legend Wanda Shot, Killed in Tampa| Gay News | Towleroad.
The Coko shooting: https://lexiecannes.wordpress.com/2013/05/30/tv-station-refers-to-associated-press-stylebook-in-trans-shooting-story-and-still-gets-it-wrong/
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Categories: Deaths, Murder, Law Enforcement, Police, Transgender, Transsexual, Trans
It is interesting to note that I’m getting blowback on social media for writing about this death — indeed, a couple of people unsubscribed from this blog immediately following its publication.
While people can have their own thoughts on the matter, I believe EVERYBODY under the trans umbrella deserves equal protection and rights — you know, ‘hang together or else, everyone will be hanging separately.’
Thanks for reading.
I couldn’t have said it better
do you realize Lexie that some leo agencies are removing some hate crimes against transgender individuals OFF CRIME BLOTTERS
because they do not want any news agencies to pick up the stories!!!!
If they are doing this, please cite the names of the agencies, so that we can check into it.
Whether or not this is hate related; with regard to inclusion within the trans* community, I find it staggering that we can exclude people because they don’t fit into our view or the world.
Gender diverse, is gender diverse no matter who you are or how you identify and for that reason I’ll always support everyone.
A life is a life, regardless of how one identifies. Any violence against someone that identifies outside of the gender binary, should be handled the same, by law enforcement, as those that fall into the gender binary.
He is trans living on the male edge. It effects all of us.
none of all our lifes are worthless!