One Equal World

The Trans Community Mourns Another Life Lost

Posted on: October 7, 2016

A photo of a crime scene. There is blood, broken glass, and a handgun on the floor.

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Another name has been added to the list of victims of transgender violence. This time, it’s Hason Amin Alford, who went by the nickname “Jazz.” Alford was a 30-year-old trans woman living in Alabama. She was shot on Sept. 23 at the Kings Inn on Third Avenue in Birmingham.

Alford’s sister Toya Milan (who is also a trans woman) is still grieving over the recent tragedy. Milan told reporters that transgender people are often targeted because people view them as being “monsters.”

“People think transgenders are monsters, when really we just want to be accepted. [Alford] was such a loving person and we didn’t know anybody that would want to hurt her. It’s been a hard pill to swallow,” Milan stated.

As of now, police still don’t have a motive for Alford’s murder. However, they do have a suspect in custody in relation to yet another transgender homicide.

On Monday, October 3, a transgender woman from eastern Birmingham was shot in the face during a home invasion. Police have arrested 23-year-old Denzell Thomas in connection with the crime. Thomas has officially been charged with attempted murder and first-degree robbery.

Daurius Foster, the boyfriend of the second shooting victim, believes that the shooter used a gun that was stolen in the recent robbery of another trans woman. Police cannot confirm this theory at the moment. In fact, Birmingham homicide Sergeant John Tanks told reporters that police are currently investigating the cases separately.

Three victims. All transgender. All from one area. All of these crimes took place within a month’s time frame. The trans community is being targeted and every time we think we’ve made progress, stories like this resurface and we have to remind ourselves that we’re still under attack.

Stay vigilant my friends. Look out for one another. And most importantly, please contact the Birmingham Police Department if you have any information related to this case.


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