Transgender Woman Killed By St. Louis Police After Reportedly Attacking Officer

"No matter what they say she didn't deserve to die."

A 30-year-old trans woman of color was shot by police outside a St. Louis apartment building on Tuesday.

Authorities say they responded to a call about a stabbing, and found a victim with several knife wounds. When police tried to arrest Herring, she reportedly slashed the arm of one officer, who fired on her.

Herring died on the scene. The officer who shot her was treated at a nearby hospital and released.

But friends at a vigil later that night dispute the police’s account that she was armed. They also claim cops continually misgendered Herring and rushed to judgment about the situation.

The two officers who responded to the call have been put on administrative leave pending the completion of an internal investigation.

Herring reportedly leaves behind a wife and three children. Vigils will be held this week in both Chicago and New York.

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