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Were Police Negligent In Burning, Dismemberment Of 19-Year-Old Trans Woman?

Police have charged Detroit man Qasim Raqib with the murder and mutilation of 19-year-old Detroit trans woman Shelley Hilliard,alleging he burned and dismembered her body to the point where she was identifiable only by the cherry tattoo on her upper right arm.

Many LGBT bloggers figured transphobia was the motivation behind the grisly murder, but that appears not to be the case, at least not entirely.

WJBK Fox 2 ports:

New information points to Hilliard being an informant for the Madison Heights Police, and WJBK reports that she may have been the source behind a drug sting that resulted in the arrest of Raqib.

The story says a cell phone linked to Raqib was the phone used to lure Hilliard to the location she was last seen… The cell phone was traced back to Raqib. He was arrested after police searched his Detroit home on Cedarhurst. Cadaver dogs picked up traces of human remains in the house and his Ford Expedition he just put into his girlfriend’s name. Investigators believe that’s where Hilliard was killed, but her body dismembered and burned in a house not far away that was torched that same night.

Raqib may have killed Hilliard, but surely the police owed it to an informant to provide better protection, especially considering the alarming rate at which trans women of color fall prey to violence? Will any culpability for this heinous crime fall on them?

By:           Daniel Villarreal
On:           Dec 22, 2011
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  • 3 Comments
    • Pozitive Link
      Pozitive Link

      Actually the first thing that came to mind with the murder of Shelley Hilliard after
      learning that she was an informant for the police was why didn’t they provide better protection for her.

      Dec 22, 2011 at 1:28 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ian
      Ian

      I know you shouldn’t base things upon looks, but from the photo Raqib looks like a scumbag.

      Dec 22, 2011 at 9:09 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • shannon
      shannon

      I AM SO SORRY THIS HAPPENED TO HER~ I AM….LADIES…—-PLEASE—– STOP “HOOKING UP” WITH STRANGE MEN! IF YOU DO…INTRODUCE THEM TO AS MANY PEOPLE AS YOU CAN…AND LET THEM KNOW THEY THEY KNOW THEIR FACE….AND HAVE THEIR PHONE NUMBER AND ADDRESSES……..PLEASE LOOK AFTER YOURSELF….

      Dec 23, 2011 at 3:13 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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