Transgender Woman Murdered in Oakland
According to press reports, the woman, who has only been identified by friends and family as Brandy, was walking near 13th and Franklin streets at about 6 a.m. when she was shot in front of the Golden Lotus Cafe. Police say she was involved in some type of altercation before the shooting.
Community organizations have said they believe the shooting was motivated by hate. According to Oakland Occupy Patriarchy, a branch of Occupy Oakland, Brandy was shot by a man who had "become enraged and shot her when he realized she was trans."
We put in a call to the Oakland Police Department to confirm these details. We will tell you more when we know more.
Holly Fogleboch, an Oakland resident, says she came across the vigil last night, and tells SF Weekly that it was a tearful and raw gathering."This morning I can't shake the pain of what I saw, not for me but for that family and for those friends and for the people who make their living on those corners and will be out there again tonight while Brandi's [sic] blood is still drying on the pavement," Fogleboch wrote in an e-mail.
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