D.C. police are investigating the death of a 22-year-old transgender woman who was shot in the neck on the morning of July 4 and died yesterday.
Deeniquia “Dee Dee” Dodds was found unconscious and breathing on the 200 block of Division Avenue NE—several blocks northeast of the Benning Road Metro station—around 3 a.m. on the Fourth of July, according to the Metropolitan Police Department. MPD has identified Dodds as both “Deeniqua” and Gregory, but her Facebook and Google+ profiles display a different spelling for her chosen name. Dodds was taken to Prince George’s Hospital Center for treatment, where she succumbed to her injuries nine days later.
A police report says the Clay Terrace resident was shot under “unknown circumstances.” A spokesperson for MPD adds that investigators have no indication as to whether the shooting was motivated by a hate-bias.
On Wednesday, the Washington Blade reported that Dodds was on life-support and not expected to survive. Police announced her death this morning. Local LGBTQ activist Earline Budd told NBC4 in a statement on Thursday that Dodds’ killing is a reminder of “how often the transgender community is targeted for violence in our society.” Dodds’ funeral is scheduled to take place during the last week of July, and a vigil for her will be held on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. on the block where she was shot, according to NBC4.
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