Death of NYC Transgender Woman Being Treated as Homicide

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A transgender woman died last Thursday after being found unconscious with head injuries in April.

Medics found the 59-year-old woman outside a Five Guys restaurant on Seventh Ave. by West 29th St. on April 25.

RELATED: Chayviss ‘Chay’ Reed Is Ninth Transgender Woman Of Color Murdered This Year

ABC7 reports:

The medical examiner says the cause of death was complications of a blunt impact injury to the head.

Detectives have recovered surveillance video that appears to show the victim being struck in the head with an object before she was found.

The victim has not yet been publicly identified, as police are still trying to find her family.

Detectives believe the victim was involved in a dispute with a fellow resident of the Chelsea shelter where the two lived.

They both live at the Bowery Residence Committee, at 131 West 25th Street, and authorities are searching for the suspect.

Detectives are not investigating the death as a hate crime.

Corey Johnson_new_yorkCouncilman Corey Johnson (right) said he was “saddened and angered” to learn the woman had died. “There must be zero tolerance for acts of violence,” he added, “particularly against transgender individuals, who are disproportionately targeted by hate crimes and discrimination.”

The Medical Examiner has yet to determine the cause of death, police said.

(Corey Johnson image via Twitter)

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