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Transwoman Brandy Martell Murdered in Oakland: VIDEO

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Brandy Martell was shot to death in Oakland over the weekend. Investigators are investigating whether the murder was also a hate crime, ABC7 reports:

37-year-old Brandy Martell was sitting behind the wheel of her car around 5:15 a.m. Sunday when one or two men walked up and began a conversation. A witness told ABC7 the conversation was cordial, but then a few minutes later, one of the men became angry and fired into the car right where Martell was sitting...

...Investigators are talking to witnesses and trying to figure out exactly what led up to the shooting. It could be considered a hate crime if they find out that the shooter was motivated by a perception of the victim's sexual identity.

Martell worked at an outreach center for the transgender and transsexual community. Her friends believe her murder was a hate crime.

Watch ABC7's report, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. While it's a sad situation, I personally would be extremely nervous about strangers approaching me (car or not) at 5 in the morning. It's almost always trouble in one form or another.

    Posted by: Joey Y | May 2, 2012 8:35:17 AM


  2. Seriously? You don't know that she wasn't nervous or cautious, that she didn't possibly think she knew them, etc. Be cautious, but let's also think critically. RIP Brandy - no one should pay for kindness or being social with their life!

    Posted by: Mrs. SIppi | May 2, 2012 8:58:09 AM


  3. She must have known them. I can't believe a transgendered person working in a transgender outreach program wouldn't know the dangers of Oakland. She must have known them, and it's very possible they knew she worked at this help center.

    I feel so sorry for her and everyone at that center. No one should have to live in fear like this.

    Posted by: Adam Sass | May 2, 2012 9:59:58 AM


  4. She must have known them. I can't believe a transgendered person working in a transgender outreach program wouldn't know the dangers of Oakland. She must have known them, and it's very possible they knew she worked at this help center.

    I feel so sorry for her and everyone at that center. No one should have to live in fear like this.

    Posted by: Adam Sass | May 2, 2012 9:59:59 AM


  5. Very tragic, and sad. Definitely will be watching for details as they come out regarding this murder.

    Posted by: Francis | May 2, 2012 10:28:43 AM


  6. "Just one more dead sicko.

    Can I get an, 'Amen, Brother!'" ?

    -- Pat Robertson, Fred phelps, jerry falwell, et al.

    == Evil Atheist TG/TV/CD Destroyer of Civilization =

    P.S.

    "Know Your Enemy"

    -- Sun Tzu

    Posted by: jl@sf.us | May 2, 2012 6:11:20 PM


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