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Transgender Woman Attacked in Memphis

Transgender Woman Attacked in Memphis


A transgender woman was shot in the face in Memphis, Tenn., and is in critical condition.

A transgender woman was shot in the face in Memphis, Tenn., December 23 and is in critical condition, reports Tennessee's ABC24 News.

Leeneshia Edwards was shot around 5 a.m. in south Memphis at close range, the TV station reports. She has injuries to her jaw, side, and back and is undergoing multiple surgeries. There were no witnesses to the shooting of Edwards, who is reportedly a prostitute.

Edwards is not the only recent transgender crime victim in Memphis. Duana Johnson was shot to death in Memphis a little more than a month ago. Johnson first made headlines earlier this year when a video circulated of the 43-year-old sex worker being beaten in jail by Memphis cops. Two of the officers were subsequently fired, and one is awaiting trial on a civil rights charge. Police say there are no leads in Johnson's murder case.

Another transgender woman, Tiffany Berry, was killed in south Memphis in 2006. (Neal Broverman,

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