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Police: Transgender Prostitute Murdered in Louisiana Motel by Tattooed Ex-Convict

Posted on | April 1, 2018 | Comments Off on Police: Transgender Prostitute Murdered in Louisiana Motel by Tattooed Ex-Convict

Police say Darrell ‘Amia Tyrae’ Berryman (left) was shot by Dedrick Butler (right).

WBRZ-TV reports:

Police have arrested a man accused of shooting and killing a transgender prostitute at a Baton Rouge motel earlier this week.
According to the Baton Rouge Police Department, the shooting happened shortly after 1 a.m. at the Shades Motel on Airline Highway. There, police found 28-year-old Darrel Berryman dead from a gunshot. In the arrest records, police say Berryman was a “transvestite” working as a prostitute out of the motel room.
Through witness accounts and surveillance video, investigators learned that the suspected shooter, 22-year-old Dedrick Butler, had entered Berryman’s motel room just after 1 a.m. Monday. Police say a friend of Berryman then arrived at the motel but hid after he heard a gunshot come from inside the room. Butler was then seen on surveillance video, leaving the room and taking off in his vehicle.
While investigating the victim’s phone, police found recent messages from Butler. Officers were then able to track down Butler’s vehicle and take him into custody.
During questioning, Butler admitted to going into the motel room armed with a gun at the time of the shooting. However, he denies that he’s the one who shot Berryman.
Butler was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on charges of second-degree murder, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possessing a weapon with an obliterated serial number.

Was this an attempted robbery? Prostituting at cheap motels is dangerous, and this doesn’t seem like a “hate crime,” and yet . . .

Transgender Woman Shot Dead in Motel Is 7th
Killed in U.S. This Year, Rights Advocates Say

. . . Between 25 to 28 transgender people were reported killed in the United States last year, the highest number in at least a decade, according to a report by the Human Rights Campaign and the Trans People of Color Coalition. The violence disproportionately affects transgender women of color. . . .
NeVaa White, a friend, told Mic that Ms. Tyrae had been out since at least 2009, and had a close community of friends. “She made family with her peers in the L.G.B.T. community of Baton Rouge,” Ms. White said, adding that Ms. Tyrae didn’t have an easy life, and that she “was taken away in the very manner she feared.”
Statistics on homicides of transgender people are difficult to compile and are not officially available because the federal government does not collect data based on gender identity. In addition, transgender homicide victims are often identified by the police using the names and genders they were assigned at birth, a practice known as misgendering.

Was “Ms. Tyrae” killed by “misgendering” or by bullet wounds? Pretty sure it was the latter, and there’s no apparent political angle to this crime, but in the Trump era, the New York Times cannot pass up an opportunity to imply that “hate” was somehow to blame.



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