Transgender Day of Remembrance: Those We've Lost in 2013
BY Advocate.com Editors
November 20 2013 6:10 AM ET
Islan Nettles, 21, was on her way to turning her life around when she was beaten to death on the street across from a police station in New York City's Harlem neighborhood in August. Living on her own, working at H&M, and designing her own fashion line, Nettles was apparently doing well in her new identity as a transgender woman until a confrontation with a group of men on Frederick Douglass Boulevard, reports The New York Times. Nettles was struck in the face multiple times, fell into a coma, and then died. Police arrested a college student, Paris Wilson, but another man later came forward and confessed to the crime; the case against Wilson was dismissed Tuesday.