D.A. investigating death of transgender woman as possible hate crime

Posted at 12:41 PM, Feb 08, 2018

The Erie County District Attorney's Office is investigating Buffalo's first homicide of 2018 as a possible hate crime.

Sources tell 7 Eyewitness News Tonya Harvey, 35, was the transgender woman shot and killed Tuesday afternoon on Shepard Street. Buffalo Police initially identified the victim as a male. 

"The D.A.'s Office is also extremely concerned about a spike in homicides of transgender people across the country and will be, as part of this investigation, looking into whether or not this is a potential hate crime," Erie County District Attorney John Flynn said. 

Police have not identified any suspects at this time. 


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