Deshawnda "Tata" SanchezAge 21
2 Dec 2014
Los Angeles, California (USA)
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Deshawnda was shot at 4am while pounding on the front door of a house in south Los Angeles for help. Her killer got back in his car and drove off.
She was the third transgender person killed in Los Angeles since June.
Deshawnda Bradley, 21, also known as Tata and Deshawnda Sanchez, was shot around 4 a.m. Wednesday, near Wilton Place and 62nd Street, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Police said they were investigating whether the killing was a hate crime.
“We don’t know what happened,” Bradley’s twin sister, Deshawn Bradley, told The Huffington Post on Friday. “There has been so many stories — mistaken identity or robbery gone wrong.”
The slaying was captured, in part, by a surveillance camera. The video is said to show someone pull up to the house in a vehicle, get out and run to the porch, where Deshawnda Bradley was shot. The person then fled in the vehicle, police said. Police haven’t released the video.
Robert James Spells, 30, was arrested for her murder.
TvT project: KT LA 5 04.12.2014 & LA Times 25.12.2014 & Colorlines 05.12.2014