By BTL Staff
Detroit Police have arrested the suspected shooter involved in the violent crimes near Palmer Park in August. Two of the victims are transgender. The gender identity of the individual who lost their life has yet to be released.
“Equality Michigan is grateful to the Detroit Police Department for their work in apprehending Eduardo Moss, the primary suspect in two shootings and one murder in Detroit’s Palmer Park. Nothing can bring back the life lost or harm done to members of our community, but the police’s efforts to bring swift and honest justice will serve as important catalysts to our healing,” Director of Victim Services at Equality Michigan Yvonne Siferd said.
DETROIT – Detroit police are looking for a murder suspect in Metro Detroit. Three transwomen have been shot; one woman has lost her life. All three were shot in Palmer Park, known for being home to Detroit’s “red light district.” Of the three shootings, the murdered woman was killed on Aug. 15 with a fatal shot to the head. The second victim, 25, was shot early morning on Aug. 15, and the third victim, 20, was injured the morning of Aug. 17.
Police say that the shootings appear to be a hate crimes, according to WXYZ.
“There was a car chase as a result of the Aug. 15 fatal shooting,” Sgt. Michael Woody said. During the chase, the assailant’s car rolled and the driver escaped. As of press time, he has not been caught. Police have since recovered a gun allegedly used in the attack.
“There are a lot of LGB who congregate in that area,” Woody said. “We’re not sure if the shootings were related or just happenstance. We’re looking into it, but we can’t say they were definitely connected.”
While attacks on the LGBT community along Woodward between McNichols and Seven Mile are nothing new, the public rarely gets to hear about it. The police keep tight-lipped about most attacks.
“Transgender women are far too often the victims of the most severe violence,” Director of Victim Services at Equality Michigan Yvonne Siferd said. “Transgender women are twice as likely to experience discrimination, 1.8 times more likely to experience harassment and 1.5 times more likely to experience threats and intimidation compared to overall survivors. We encourage members of the LGBT community to be extra cautious around Palmer Park until the those responsible are caught.”
Local media, including ABC Channel 7 and The Detroit News, have both reported the story while misgendering all victims. Representatives of Transgender Michigan and Equality Michigan have confirmed that all three victims are transgender.
“The recent string of murders and shootings of transgender women in Detroit is appalling,” Executive Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Rea Carey said. “We are outraged to hear of the continued systematic targeting of transgender women across the country. Too many transgender people have been targeted and killed this year alone. Our country can and must do more to prevent crimes motivated by hate and anti-transgender bias.”
Police have declined to identify the victims. The shooter is still on the loose, be advised.