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The Bobster
10-06-2015, 02:35 PM
http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Transgender-Woman-Shooting-Death-Philadelphia--330944232.html

Group of Men Beat, Shoot, Kill Transgender Woman in Philly
By David Chang
Published 2 hours ago

Police are investigating the murder of a transgender woman overnight in Philadelphia.

Police say 22-year-old Kiesha Jenkins was dropped off on the 1300 block of Wingohocking Street around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday. As she got out of the vehicle she was approached by at least five men who began to attack her, according to investigators. After Jenkins fell to the ground, one of the men pulled out a gun and fired two shots, police said.

Jenkins was struck twice in the back as the suspects fled the scene. She was taken to the hospital where she was later pronounced dead.

Police are unsure at this point whether robbery was the motive. They also say it’s too early to determine whether or not the incident was a hate crime. They continue to investigate.

Whitebear
10-06-2015, 04:29 PM
A group of men beat, shoot (black) transgender woman, killing her, Phila. police say (http://www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,,1799400,00.html?gusrc=rss)
http://www.newnation.org/Images/2015/KieshaJenkins.jpgPolice are investigating the murder of a transgender woman overnight in Philadelphia. Police say 22-year-old Kiesha Jenkins was dropped off on the 1300 block of Wingohocking Street around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday. As she got out of the vehicle she was approached by at least five men who began to attack her, according to investigators. After Jenkins fell to the ground, one of the men pulled out a gun and fired two shots, police said. Police are unsure at th

The Bobster
10-06-2015, 07:46 PM
http://www.fox29.com/news/30767831-story

Police Search for Suspects in Murder of Transgender Person
Posted:Oct 06 2015 10:13PM EDT
Updated:Oct 06 2015 10:13PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (WTXF) Police say they are searching for men who beat and shot a transgender person in the back in the city's Logan section.

According to police, at 13th and Wingohocking, 22-year-old Kiesha Jenkins was attacked by a group of five or six men just after 2:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.

“During that assault one of the males pulled out a gun and while the victim was on the ground, shot the victim twice,” said Homicide Unit James Clark.

Captain Clark says the brutal attack on the young transgender individual came after Jenkins was dropped off by an unknown male in a car. Police and neighbors say the area is notorious for prostitution. The motive for the murder is unclear.

“We don't know if it's potentially a hate crime, if it was a robbery. We really don't know. It's too early in the investigation to tell.

The victim lived on the 1700 block of South 32nd Street. His mother told FOX 29 her son Stephan was a fun loving, cheerful person. According to his mother, he was in the wrong place at the wrong time. She was told Jenkins was killed during an attempted robbery. One woman asked not to be identified, but told FOX 29, “ “These guys was out here trying to rob the girls, and she fought back and they shot her."

Homicide detectives are searching for surveillance video as they try to identify the killers. They are also trying to identify whoever dropped Jenkins off near the murder scene.

"This would go out to the person in that vehicle, we need you to contact the homicide unit and tell us what if anything you saw as well," said Captain Clark.

Freak Nellie Fitzpatrick, from the mayors office, tells FOX 29 there have been 21 transgender individuals murdered nationwide this year, 18 of them were minorities. She urges the LGBT community to come forward with any information that could help police catch the killers.

The Bobster
10-12-2015, 01:53 PM
http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2015/10/12/police-1-arrested-in-alleged-robberymurder-of-transgender-woman-in-hunting-park/

Police: 1 Arrested In Murder Of Transgender Woman
October 12, 2015 9:20 AM
By Kristen Johanson

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia police held a press conference Monday to say they’ve made an arrest in the murder of a transgender woman last week, and they are looking for more suspects.

Officials say 24-year-old Pedro Redding has been charged with murder and related charges, for killing Keisha Jenkins last Tuesday morning.

Police say the 22-year-old was found beaten and shot inside Hunting Park, at 13th and Wingohocking Streets.

Homicide Captain James Clark say they are looking for three others involved in the murder.

Clark says Redding confessed to being involved. He told detectives the group began to beat Jenkins, and when she put up a fight, they shot her. He was not the shooter.

“She did fight back, as they were assaulting her, and you are talking about four on one. But she gave a valiant fight, and that is why one of them pulled out a gun and shot and killed her.”

Clark says the group was known to frequent the area to rob people.

There is a $20,000 reward for information leading to an arrest, anyone with information is asked to call police.

The Bobster
03-30-2016, 02:53 PM
http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Judge-Upholds-Murder-Charge-in-Beating-Shooting-That-Killed-Transgender-Woman-Near-Philadelphia-Park-374011711.html

Judge Upholds Murder Charge in Beating, Shooting That Killed Transgender Woman Near Philadelphia Park
By Morgan Zalot
Published 5 hours ago

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Pedro Redding (inset right) is accused of killing Kiesha Jenkins (inset left).


Charges against a Philadelphia man with a history of violence accused of murdering a transgender woman in October near Philadelphia's Hunting Park were upheld during a preliminary hearing Wednesday.

Murder, conspiracy and robbery charges against Pedro Redding, 24, will proceed to court, a judge ruled during Redding's hearing Wednesday morning. The District Attorney's Office withdrew charges of possession of an instrument of crime and illegal gun possession against Redding, but added the robbery charge Wednesday, according to court documents.

Redding was arrested in October in the brutal killing of Kiesha Jenkins, a 22-year-old transgender woman :confused: who was badly beaten and then shot to death at 13th and Wingohocking streets, in the Hunting Park section of North Philadelphia, Oct. 6. A tip led homicide detectives to Redding, whom investigators described as being among a group of "neighborhood individuals" who would go around the Hunting Park neighborhood and rob people. Redding lived in that neighborhood, police said.

Court records show that Redding has prior arrests on charges including robbery and aggravated assault.

Police at the time of Jenkins' murder said they believed Redding and his cohorts suspected people may have been carrying money in the high-prostitution area where Jenkins was killed. They said investigators do not believe Jenkins' killing was a hate crime.

"They rob a lot of different types of individuals. They just so happened that night to [target] Kiesha," Homicide Unit Capt. James Clark said, saying she was targeted at random.

Police said several men attacked Jenkins that night, beating her and later shooting her. Court records do not indicate that anyone has been charged in the crime other than Redding, and it's unclear where police stand in identifying the other individuals involved.

Redding is scheduled to appear in court again April 20 for a formal arraignment.