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New York activists plan rally for transgender woman who died from head injuries in a hate crime

New York activists plan rally for transgender woman who died from head injuries in a hate crime

The New York City gay activist community is planning a vigil for Islan Nettles, the transgender woman who died from injures sustained in an alleged hate crime.

The Anti-Violence Project, an organization that works with  LGBT victims of hate crimes, announced the rally in an email about Nettles’ death.

Presently there is no time or place, but AVP is asking people to pay attention to its Facebook page for information.

Nettles, who was 21-years-old, was attacked on 17 August. She and a group of other transgender women were walking in Harlem, a traditional African-American neighborhood. According to DNAInfo, the group walked by a group that included suspect Paris Wilson.

When Wilson’s group discovered Nettles’ and her companions were transgender, anti-gay and transgender comments were said. Wilson allegedly punched Nettles in the face and continued to do so when the victim was on the ground.

Nettles was transported to hospital and was taken off life support yesterday (22 August) after being diagnosed as brain dead. According to DNAInfo, the city’s medical examiner ruled today (23 August) Nettles’ death a homicide.

Wilson was arrested on the night of the attack but released. The college student is not considered a flight risk and has an upcoming court date on 6 October. Bail is $2,000 (€1,500).

At the moment, Wilson only faces a misdemeanor charge.

UPDATE: According to AVP’s Facebook page, the 26 August Nettles’ vigil has been rescheduled for later in the week.