Ugh. This is the type of horrible stuff we hate learning about, let alone sharing. “Police say a double stabbing in broad daylight left one person dead and another injured in Northwest Washington on Wednesday. … Officers found two transgender women in front of the building when they arrived. One of the victims, identified as twenty-one year old Joshua Mack [his biologically male name, though she went by “Nanny Boo”] from Clinton, Md., later died at a hospital. The second victim remains hospitalized in stable condition. Police are withholding the identity of the second victim, who was a witness to the murder. D.C. Police say the attacker is an unknown man in his early 30s. He was last seen wearing all black and running in the opposite direction on Q Street. Police don’t know if gender played a role in the murder and stabbing, but the crime did take place two blocks from an agency that provides services to transgender people, including transgender youth. ‘I’m a transgendered woman, too,’ said Warrena Earls, another resident. ‘I know a lot of people in this city. I’m born and raised on Q Street. Nothing like this ever happened.'”

Police are investigating the hate crime element: “The surviving victim told a detective that the attacker might have used an anti-gay epithet during the incident, Parsons said. But it would be “extremely premature” for authorities to definitively classify the crime as having been motivated by the victims’ gender identity, he added.”

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