Authorities find body of black transgender woman, Bee Love Slater, burned beyond recognition: report

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Authorities in Florida have recovered the body of a transgender woman that they say was burned beyond recognition, The New York Times reports.

According to the Times, the police found the body in an abandoned vehicle in Clewiston last week. Authorities were reportedly only able to identify the victim as Bee Love Slater after searching through dental records.

{mosads}Hendry County Sheriff Steve Whidden told the newspaper that that police “don’t have anything that would show that it’s a hate crime right now,” and are currently investigating a possible motive.

“We possibly have a motive, but I can’t say what that is at this time,” he said.

According to the Times, police are looking into Facebook posts prior to Slater’s death that targeted her.

Whidden said “there were some Facebook posts made — that this person needs to die.”

Slater was the 18th known transgender person to be killed this year, according to the Human Rights Campaign. The group said the majority of transgender women killed this year were also black.

In a tweet mourning her death on Saturday, the group said: “These victims are not numbers — they were people with hopes and dreams, loved ones and communities who will miss them every day.”

The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida also said in a statement that: “Our society needs to work to ensure transpeople can live without fear.”

Earlier this year, 23-year-old Muhlaysia Booker was fatally shot in May after a viral video surfaced a month before her death showing her being attacked by a mob. A month later, Dallas police arrested a man in connection with her death.


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