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Man arrested in shooting death of transgender woman
Keshia Chanel Geter Photo: via HRC A 26-year-old Black transgender woman and LGBTQ activist named Keshia Chanel Geter was shot to death in an Augusta, Georgia hotel parking lot on July 20. Police arrested a 22-year-old cis man named Jaquarie Allen on July 21 in connection to her death. Both Geter and Allen are from Eastover, South Carolina, though it’s unclear if the two knew one another.
While investigators have yet to determine if Geter’s murder was a hate crime motivated by anti-LGBTQ bias, she is believed to be the 21st trans person murdered this year, according to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) . After her death, Geter’s family is lifting up her life and proclaim that transgender lives matter.
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Geter’s body was found outside the Knights Inn on the morning of her death. She had been traveling with her friend, the HRC reported. The Richmond County Coroner Mark Bowen ruled her death a homicide. Police charged Allen with murder, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, WCIV reported.
“[Geter] was an active advocate in the LGBTQA+ community,” a GoFundMe page for her funeral […]