A Florida woman who was found “burned beyond recognition” in her car two weeks ago has become the 18th murder of a transgender person this year.
PEOPLE reports Bee Love Slater, of Pahokee, was discovered in her vehicle around 2:19 a.m. on Sept. 4 after officers responded to a call about a car on fire in Clewiston. Detectives used dental records to identify Slater and ruled her death as a homicide. Slater’s friend, Antorris Williams told Out magazine that she was receiving death threats on social media and feared for life.
“She posted messages saying she felt as if people were after her to attack and hurt her and she had a conversation with one of her best friends the day she was murdered saying she wanted to leave [the area], She was willing to sleep in her car until she found a job and things of that nature.”
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The Human Rights Campaign brought attention to Slater’s death on their official Twitter page and have been keeping track of the increased numbers of black transgender deaths in 2019.
Bee Love Slater is the 18th known transgender person killed this year, a majority of whom were Black trans women.
— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) September 14, 2019
Spokeswoman Capt. Susan Harrelle said in a statement that investigators are currently looking for a possible motive in the young woman’s death.
“Officially we don’t know the motive, but we are working towards that. Investigators are diligently following up on all leads.”
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