New York: Trans woman beaten to death
Islan Nettles of Harlem was out for a night on the town with friends when she was savagely beaten and left for dead just metres away from a New York police station. The 21-year-old was attacked so violently she was left with brain damage and was taken off life support after being declared brain dead earlier last week.
The bashing took place near West 148th Street and Eight Avenue. Nettles attacker was known to her – the pair had been friends on Facebook. It is assumed Nettles was set upon by the man and his friends when they discovered she was a transgender woman. The attack on Nettles marks the second assault in the area in the past week. Last week NYC police were searching for six suspects who attacked a gay couple holding hands on West 24th street.
Police have arrested a suspect in conjunction with the attack. Paris Wilson, 20, was initially arrested and charged with misdemeanour assault but the charge has now been upgraded to murder following Nettles death being ruled a homicide.
Nettles was hoping to pursue a career in fashion. She first becoming enamoured of the industry when she designed her first garments in high school.
Delores Nettles, the victim's mother, hopes that her daughter's killer will spend the rest of his life in jail.
“He deserves to rot because he took a life,” she told the New York Daily News.
Now, Dolores is left planning Islan's funeral, lmenting the loss of her beloved child. “I accepted him no matter what because I loved him at the end of the day. My son was a beautiful woman.”