Target: Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross, Jr.
Goal: Obtain justice for the fourth murdered transgender woman in the U.S. this year alone.
A young transgender woman by the name of Maya Young has been murdered in Philadelphia. She was 25 years old and was found on the street, suffering from multiple stab wounds to her chest and her neck. She later died of those injuries in a local hospital. A suspect has been arrested in the attack, although no motive has yet to be given.
Young’s death marks what is already the fourth murder of a transgender person in the U.S. this year, with the body of Veronica Banks Cano being found only two days earlier in San Antonio. Young is also the third transgender person to be killed in Philadelphia over the last year. Violence against the LGBT community as a whole has decreased, but violence against the transgender community has only risen. Twenty-one transgender people were murdered in the last year, a majority of them women of color, like Maya Young.
The suspect arrested is a 25-year-old female who has had a lengthy history with the police. She has been charged with murder and conspiracy and is being held without bail. A spokesperson has also said that more arrests are going to be made shortly. Write to the police commissioner to demand full punishment for the guilty parties.
Dear Commissioner Ross,
We are writing to urge you and the Philadelphia police department to investigate the murder of Maya Young and to arrest those who may be responsible for her death. Young was a transgender woman who was tragically found on the street, suffering from stab wounds to her neck and chest. She died later in the hospital.
We understand that one person has already been arrested in connection to her death and that more arrests may be made shortly. We hope that you will continue to investigate her unfortunate death and will bring full punishment against any alleged perpetrators.
By finding and punishing those responsible, you will be setting up a precedent for the city. Young is the third transgender person killed in Philadelphia in the last year, and the 21st killed in the last year. There is a much higher rate of murder and assault against transgender people than any other group.
Showing that violence against the transgender community will be prosecuted fully will hopefully help people understand that it is no more acceptable or justifiable than any other form of violence. Please find any and all guilty persons and punish them to the fullest extend of the law.
[Your Name Here]
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