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Tasiyah Woodland: Trans teen dead at 18 after ‘senseless act of gun violence’

Written by Chantelle Billson

An investigation has been launched into the murder of an 18-year-old trans teen who died after “senseless act of gun violence” in Mechanicsville, Virginia.


Tasiyah Woodland, who was also known as Siyah, tragically died in the early morning hours of Friday (24 March).


The St Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office (SMCSO) received a report of shots fired in the car park of Big Dogs Paradise bar in Mechanicsville.


Deputies were quick to respond to the scene at 1.15am but discovered Woodland, who had suffered fatal gunshot wounds, was already dead.


The office’s criminal investigation division has now launched an investigation to find the motive behind the shooting.


“This is an unfortunate reminder that fatal violence disproportionately affects transgender women – particularly black, indigenous and people of colour.


“Trans people are more likely to lack access to education, healthcare, and are often forced into unemployment, poverty, homelessness; all of which increases their risk of violence.”


 

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