Fatima WoodsAge 53
30 May 2013
Rochester, New York (USA)
TDoR list ref: tdor.info/30-May-2013/Fatima Woods
Fatima was stabbed twice in the torso. Vincent A. Walters, 16, was arrested on charges of second degree murder.
A Rochester teen accused of fatally stabbing Fatima Woods last month pleaded not guilty Thursday morning in City Court. Vincent A. Walters, 16, of Driving Park, is facing one count of second-degree murder in connection with the slaying that occurred outside a Dewey Avenue gas station about 4 a.m. on May 30.
Woods, 53, who is transgender, was stabbed twice in the torso, and was found by police found by police near the entrance to the gas station's convenience store, 780 Dewey. Woods was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital and was pronounced dead within the hour, according to City Court documents. Rochester Police Chief James Sheppard said it appeared that just before the slaying, Woods was involved in a dispute with a woman on Finch Street. Several other people "got involved" and Woods was fatally stabbed, he said.
Sheppard said it did not appear that Woods' gender was a factor in the slaying.
In the weeks since the homicide, numerous community members shared information about the altercation with police. As a result, and with help from Irondequoit police, Sheppard said, Walters was apprehended in the city Wednesday night by Rochester police.
Fatima's Facebook profile is https://www.facebook.com/fatima.woods. Note that her death was not recorded on the official TDoR 2013 list released by Transgender Europe (TGEU) in November 2013, but was recorded by https://tdor.info.