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Right-Wing Trump Supporter Charged in Murder of Black Transgender Woman

Posted on | June 9, 2023 | Comments Off on Right-Wing Trump Supporter Charged in Murder of Black Transgender Woman

As everyone knows, transphobic racist Republicans are constantly terrorizing LGBTQ people of color in cities like Atlanta:

Atlanta police on high alert after 2 Black trans women shot to death a week apart
April 21, 2023
ATLANTA — Police are working to determine if the murders of two Black transgender metro Atlanta women a week apart are hate crimes.
Friends and family shared photos of Koko Williams and Ashley Burton, who were both shot and killed earlier this month.
Williams, 35, was shot to death on MLK on Tuesday night. . . .
Koko’s murder marks the second in just a week involving Black transgender women.
Last Tuesday, friends said 37-year-old Ashley Burton was shot and killed outside of an apartment complex on Fairburn Road.
Activist Stasha Sanchez said Black trans women are being targeted.
“We’re some really strong people,” Sanchez said. “But we’re also always targeted, and I think that is something that is very important for the world to know that. You don’t have to target us.”
In a statement, Atlanta police said they’re investigating a third shooting that critically injured a Black transgender woman in January on Highland Ave.

Yes, black trans women are always “targeted” on Highland Avenue, Fairburn Road and MLK Boulevard in Atlanta, and if you know anything about the city, of course, these are the exact locations where you’d expect to find right-wing transphobic Trump voters.

The Human Rights Campaign sent out this press release in April:

HRC is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Ashley Burton, a 37-year-old Black transgender woman, who was killed in Atlanta, Georgia on April 11, 2023. Ashley’s death is at least the ninth violent killing of a transgender or gender non-conforming person in 2023, and the second death to occur in Georgia since the start of 2023. We say “at least” because too often these deaths go unreported — or misreported. . . .
More than 25,000 hate crimes in the U.S. involve a firearm each year, which equates to almost 70 cases each day, according to a 2022 report from Everytown for Gun Safety in partnership with HRC and The Equality Federation . . . The report also notes a marked increase in anti-LGBTQ+ hate crimes, especially against transgender people. HRC’s own tracking of fatal violence against transgender and gender non-conforming people found that between 2013 and 2022, more than two-thirds of all recorded fatalities against transgender and gender non-conforming people involved a firearm — including over three-quarters of all reported fatalities in 2022. . . .
It is clear that fatal violence disproportionately affects transgender women of color, especially Black transgender women.

You might get the impression from reading this that the death of Ashley Burton was obviously a “hate crime,” of which we are assured that “almost 70 cases a day” involve firearms. But with the Atlanta police on “high alert,” this killer of transgender women of color — who was probably an NRA member, and possibly even associated with a dangerous hate group like Moms for Liberty — was certain to be caught eventually. And this week, the APD apprehended the suspect:

Accused murderer Darius Mills, 31

Convicted felon charged with murder of Atlanta hairstylist
ATLANTA – A suspect is in custody facing murder charges for the shooting of an Atlanta hairstylist in a southwest Atlanta apartment.
Atlanta police found 37-year-old Ashley Burton dead outside in a breezeway at The Elite at City Park apartments on the 400 block of Fairburn Road on the morning of April 11.
Investigators believe Burton was shot inside one other apartments and went door-to-door for help in her complex before she succumbed to a gunshot wound.
On Monday, officials say they secured warrants for 31-year-old Darius Mills in connection with Burton’s murder.
Mills, who is currently in custody at the Fulton County Jail for an unrelated incident, now faces charges of murder, armed robbery, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
While Burton was a transgender woman, police have not said if her gender identity had any connection with violence perpetuated against her. . . .
Authorities have not provided a possible motive for the crime.

“Possible motive”? The motive is obvious — TRUMP!

This guy was clearly a right-wing Republican, just like those guys in MAGA hats who attacked Jussie Smollett in Chicago.




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