Originally published on Advocate.com August 14 2003 12:00 AM ET
Hundreds of people attended a Washington, D.C., vigil Tuesday in honor of two transgendered teens who were killed in the southeast section of the district a year ago, The Washington Post reports. The murders of Ukea Davis, 18, and Stephanie Thomas, 19, remain unsolved, although police told those gathered Tuesday that they are close to making an arrest. "What we have is some promising stuff," police chief Charles H. Ramsey said. "We need just a little more information from the community to secure a warrant."
Police discovered the bodies of Davis and Thomas riddled with multiple bullet holes, leading them to believe that the murders were motivated by hate. But according to transgender activist Earline Budd, authorities are still refusing to call the murders a hate crime. "We have heard rumors and had conversations with people in the community saying they were killed by two men who picked them up and did not know the all-and-all about their sexual origin," Budd said.