TDoR 2012 / 2011 / November / 17 / Cassidy Vickers

Cassidy Vickers

Age 32

17 Nov 2011
Los Angeles, California (USA)

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Cassidy Vickers
Cassidy Vickers [photo:]

Cassidy was shot in the chest by an assailant who then ran off.

Over 119 trans people were murdered in the first nine months of 2011 alone.

Now, sadly, we can add Cassidy Vickers to that list.

Vickers was killed by an unknown assailant last night around 10pm, near the intersection of Lexington Avenue and Gower Street in Hollywood. The suspect, said to be a 5’ 9” black man between the ages of 20 aand 30, shot Vickers in the chest with a semi-automatic pistol and ran off. Nearly an hour later, the same assailant is believed to have shot another black trans woman. She, fortunately, survived to contact the police.

The last that Cassidy Vickers’ street friends saw of [her] was about 10 p.m. on Nov. 17, 2011, outside the Donut Time shop on Santa Monica Boulevard in Hollywood. [She] was waving and saying she’d be back in a bit.

In October 2015 police arrested Patrick Watkins in connection with her murder and other serious crimes.

Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Department Robbery-Homicide Division (RHD) detectives have arrested an individual in connection with a four year series of violent crimes, including murder and robbery.

Patrick Watkins began the crime spree in November of 2011 with the last known incident occurring in December of 2014. During the series Watkins was responsible for 23 separate incidents including the November 17, 2011 murder of [deadname] "Cassidy" Vickers and the December 8, 2014 murder of Larise Smith.

Detectives scoured thousands of clues and were able to link Watkins to the crimes through forensic evidence recovered at the crime scenes and witnesses' accounts of the incidents.

On Thursday, October 29, 2015, Los Angeles Police Department SWAT team personnel served a search warrant at Watkins' residence where he was taken into custody without incident on an arrest warrant for the murder of [deadname] "Cassidy" Vickers.

On November 2, 2015 the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, Major Crimes Division, filed 53 felony counts for Patrick Watkins' acts during this four year crime spree. The counts include two counts of murder and 25 counts of attempt murder.

TvT project: LGBT Pov, online portal, 18.11.2011

Report added: 1 Nov 2018. Last updated: 13 Jan 2021

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