Suspect Arrested in Fla. Trans Murder Case
BY Diane Anderson-Minshall
April 09 2012 1:35 PM ET
A man suspected of shooting and robbing several transgender and cross-dressing sex workers in Riviera Beach, Fla., has been arrested. According to Florida TV station WPBF, Luis De Los Santos is accused of the March 24 double shooting that killed one person, 23-year-old Tyrell Jackson, and injured another, 20-year-old Michael Hunter.
After the fatal shooting — one in a string of robberies targeting trans and cross-dressing sex workers — Riviera Beach police spokeswoman Rose Anne Brown said, “This suspect has targeted young men who are living a life as transsexual prostitutes.”
Whether Jackson was trans is not clear, though his sister Takesia Jackson told local reporters that her brother was gay.
De Los Santos was pulled over for a routine traffic stop last Thursday, and police noticed he was driving the same type of vehicle the killer had been driving: a 2003 silver Buick Rendezvous.
"When someone has put it in their mind to perhaps target individuals because of the way that they live their lifestyle, not only is that interfering with their safety, that's interfering with their personal freedoms," Riviera Beach police spokeswoman Rose Anne Brown told WPBF.
- New Celeb Couple: Dustin Lance Black and Tom Daley
- Op-ed: Straight Teen Girls Can Change the World
- Holiday Guide: Shop Here, Not There
- Op-ed: How a Symbol Changed Hearts and Minds
- The Daily Show's Gaywatch, Feat. Ian McKellen, Rick Santorum, and Cardinal Dolan
- Bringing Diversity to the Digital Realm
- Entertainment News Knockout Game: Don Lemon Manhandled By Black Belt Rabbi on CNN 30 min 49 sec ago
- Travel An American in Dublin: Exploring Gay Life Over the Rainbow 50 min 18 sec ago
- Parenting Israel Set to Grant Gay Men Adoption Tax Benefits 1 hour 2 min ago
- Sports Croatia Proves Why It Has The Hottest Men's Water Polo Team 1 hour 3 min ago
- Arts & Entertainment Trans Game Designer Is Bringing Diversity to Digital Realm 7:00 AM
- Acceptance Matters Op-ed: Creator of Red Equal Sign on Why It Mattered 6:05 AM
- Daily Dose You Think You’re Worried? 5:00 AM