Bee Love SlaterAge 23
1 Sep 2019
Clewiston, Florida (USA)
Shot and burned
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Bee's body was found inside her burnt out car. Some reports state that she had been tied up and shot.
Another Black trans woman has been murdered, this time in Clewiston, Florida. Her name was Bee Love. She was 21 years old, just a week away from her 22nd birthday. Clewiston is part of the Florida Heartland, a region closer to the Deep South than coastal Florida cities. It has been just 24 hours since we reported on the murder of 17-year-old Bailey Reeves in Baltimore. Our young people are dying at horrifying rates. Where is our progressive movement?
18 deaths. 17 have been Black trans women. 10 have been under the age of 23, 17 out of the 18 were under the age of 31. This is sickening and heartwrenching. And it doesn’t show any sign of stopping.
Local media are simply reporting on the discovery of an unidentified body in a burned vehicle. Other reports indicate Bee’s body had multiple gunshot wounds and that she may have been tied up in the front seat of the vehicle.
HENDRY COUNTY, Fla. – Early Wednesday morning, Hendry County deputies found a body in a burned vehicle They received a call about a vehicle fire near 13th Street and Virginia Avenue, Harlem, in the Clewiston area, according to a Hendry County Sheriff’s Office news release. Then, they found a body inside. Investigators said the body in the vehicle was burned beyond recognition.
Friends and trans activists are raising a hue and cry about the need for media coverage and for public information on the investigation. They are outraged that Bee’s death isn’t being more widely investigated.**
Friends have organized a vigil on Friday, September 6, 2019 at 7:30 PM. The location is Fremd Villages in Pahokee, Florida.
Friends and neighbours believe her murder was a targeted attack.
Transgender woman in Hendry County may have died in targeted attack
One man said his best friend was the one found inside a burned car in Hendry County. He believes the woman was targeted because she was transgender.
Kenard Wade tells WINK News he last saw his best friend Sunday. He talked to her the night he thinks she died.
Charred grass is seen around the vehicle that went up in flames. Many people in the community said it was a targeted attack, including Keisha Whittaker. “To me, it’s very devastating to know that life happens that way,” Whittaker said.
The suspected death is unsettling for many people in the Hendry County neighborhood. All that is left is a burned off patch of grass and scattered car parts. Davarin Harris saw the smoke from his front yard. He said he knew a car was on fire. However, he did not expect a body inside of it.
Wade said his best friend is the one whom Hendry County Sheriff’s Office Deputies found dead.
”That’s her car,” said Wade with visible pain. “I know that. I know her car.”
Wade told us the two had known each other for six years and that his best friend was not afraid of anyone who did not agree with her lifestyle. But Wade said someone wanted to harm her. In text messages the night of the car fire, the victim knew it. The woman told him she wanted to leave town. She was expecting to get in trouble if she stayed here.
Subsequently Jamson Richemond, 29, was identified as a person of interest.
Update (September 26, 2019): A person of interest has been identified in the killing of 23-year-old Bee Love Slater.
According to the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office in Florida, Jamson Richemond, 29, is now wanted in connection to Slater’s death.
The 23-year-old Black trans woman was found “burned beyond recognition” inside of a charred vehicle in South Florida on September 4. Sheriff Steve Whidden described the situation as “gruesome” and said Slater was believed to have been targeted based on her sexual identity, New York Daily Newsreported.
According to NBC 2, investigators are looking into a Facebook post shared before Slater’s death that said, “Somebody needs to kill Bee Love.”
In December 2021 Marcus Lynell Thompson, 35, was arrested in connection with the case. He faces charges of first-degree murder and arson.
ABELLE, Fla. (AP) | Florida sheriff’s deputies have arrested a man in connection with the slaying of a transgender woman whose body was found more than two years ago in her burning car.
The Hendry County Sheriff’s Office said Marcus Lynell Thompson, 35, is charged with being an accessory after the fact to first-degree murder and arson in the killing of 23-year-old Bee Love Slater.
Detectives did not reveal more details or the motive of the killing at a press conference but said they were confident they were going to solve the murder and there would be more arrests. It is not yet clear if Thompson knew Slater.
Media reports the FBI helped detectives, investigating the case as a hate crime because of Slater’s gender identity. At the press conference, the sheriff’s office didn’t say whether the slaying was considered a hate crime.