Shantee Tucker, a black transgender woman, was shot and killed in Philadelphia on Wednesday morning.
Police found Tucker, who had recently celebrated her 30th birthday, lying on the road, suffering from a gunshot wound to the back. She was taken to the hospital where she died from her injuries.
Homicide Capt. John Ryan said at a press conference yesterday that there is currently no known motive for the killing. Tucker was reportedly engaged in an argument with someone in a black pickup truck, and police believe the driver shot her at least once in the back as she was running away. They recovered eight 9mm fired cartridge casings at the scene, and police believe Tucker and the shooter knew each other.
“She wasn’t targeted because of her gender affiliation or lifestyle,” Ryan claimed, when asked if her gender identity might have played a role in the shooting, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Tucker’s friend, Tatyana Woodard, who works for the Mazzoni Center, the city’s largest LGBTQ healthcare provider, said she believes Tucker was targeted because she was a transgender woman, and called her “a very genuine person, a very real person, down-to-earth.”
Woodard is one of a number of her friends who are remembering her fondly.
Her loved ones and community members also gathered last night for a vigil in her honor.
Tucker is at least the 19th known transgender person killed in the United States this year. Her death comes just one week after two black trans women were shot and killed on the same day: 24 year-old Dejanay Stanton in Chicago, and 18 year-old Vontashia Bell in Shreveport, Louisiana.