Suspect in Trans Woman's Murder Turns Himself In

Tiffany Edwards' family may be closer to finding justice after the man accused in her murder turned himself in.

BY Parker Marie Molloy

July 02 2014 5:25 PM ET

A suspect in the shooting murder of 28-year-old transgender woman Tiffany Edwards has turned himself in after police issued a warrant for his arrest on Saturday.

Quamar Edwards — who is not related to the victim — turned himself in earlier today in connection with the June 26 murder of Tiffany Edwards, whose body was found shot to death in the Cincinnati suburb of Walnut Hills, Ohio. Tiffany Edwards was the fourth transgender woman found murdered in Ohio since January 2013, and the fourth trans woman of color murdered in the U.S. during the month of June.

WLWT reports that, according to Quamar Edwards' uncle, he provided the victim with a ride, but "lost his cool" when she "came onto him."

Legally speaking, this type of defense is often referred to as "trans panic" or "gay panic," in which someone's own internalized sense of transphobia or homophobia drives them to commit a violent crime. This defense has been defeated time and time again, has been discouraged by the American Bar Association, while lawmakers in California are working to ban the defense altogether.

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