Killer of a Detroit woman murdered her over her transgender status.
Kelly Stough, a 36-year-old transgender woman from Detroit, was murdered on December 7, 2018, in Palmer Park.
Stough was found shot dead on the street, and Police have charged a 46-year-old Detroit man, Albert Weathers, with her murder.
KILLER CLAIMED STOUGH WAS A ROBBER
Weathers, who is a preacher, allegedly called the Detroit police to report a robbery, saying he had shot the perpetrator in self-defense.
The Wayne County prosecutor's office believes that Stough's transgender status was a motivating factor in the murder, and will present evidence to that effect in court.
Jessica Chantae Stough, Stough mother, spoke about her daughter as a loving, courageous woman who loved God and her fellow humans.
Dana Nessel, the president of Fair Michigan, a group advocating equal protection for gay, lesbian and transgender residents, is also Michigan's next attorney general. Nessel cited the killing as an example of the "excessive brutality" to which Detroit's transgender community is subjected.
Jessica Chantae Stough, Stough mother, spoke about her daughter as a loving, courageous woman who loved God and her fellow humans. Jessica stated that her daughter was not "a throw-away," she was deeply loved by her family and will be missed by her many friends:
“She has a family who cared about her, who loved her, and I want them to know that transgender ladies — expressly those of color — they're just not throwaways; people care about them.”
Albert Weathers was arraigned on charges of murder and the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. His bond was set at $1 million, and he is scheduled for a court hearing in late December.
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