THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — [UPDATE - Suspect arrested, see below.] The only thing we do know for sure is this person was a prostitute and died after being shot. The Orlando Sentinel says the victim is a transvestite prostitute named Tyrell Jackson. The Palm Beach Post called Jackson a transsexual prostitute and referred to Jackson as a man.
All reports do agree that there was a string of armed robberies targeting “t” prostitutes around the same time and Jackson was the only one killed. Another person with Jackson at the time was injured but was expected to survive.
Riviera Beach police spokeswoman Rose Anne Brown: “This suspect has targeted young men who are living a life as transsexual prostitutes.”
Jackson’s mother Wanda Chavers: “He was my only son and I just loved him so much. He was a lovely person. Everybody loved Tyrell and I’m going to miss him.” Jackson’s sister Takesia Jackson did disclose that her brother was gay.
This is a tragedy, no doubt, but is it a transgender killing? I’ll let the readers sort it out.
UPDATE: April 8, 2012 – From WPBF: Police have arrested a man suspected of targeting transsexual prostitutes. Riviera Beach police said Luis De Los Santos was arrested Thursday in connection with last month’s double shooting that killed a man and injured another. . . Police said De Los Santos was driving a silver 2003 Buick Rendezvous when he was pulled over during a routine traffic stop. Police said it was the same vehicle the shooter was believed to have been driving.
“When someone has put it in their mind to perhaps target individuals because of the way that they live their lifestyle, not only is that interfering with their safety, that’s interfering with their personal freedoms,” Riviera Beach police spokeswoman Rose Anne Brown said.
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