A transsexual male was shot and killed in College Park, GA. Troy Dangerfield was shot while sitting in a car outside an apartment complex about 4:20 a.m. Wednesday, AJC.com reports.
His death brings the list of murdered trans persons in the United States in 2017 to 23.
College Park police Maj. Lance Patterson told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that police found Dangerfield suffering from multiple gunshot wounds outside the South Hampton Estates on the 3100 block of Godby Road early Wednesday.
Dangerfield, affectionately known as “TeeTee, was pronounced dead at Grady Memorial hospital.
Police are not investigating his death as a hate crime.
“At this time we have no information that points to the shooting being the result of our victim being transgender,” Patterson told The AJC.
Transgender is a catch-all term used to describe people who suffer from Gender Dysphoria, a condition that causes discomfort or distress with one’s existing sexual/physical features.
To avoid the mental illness stigma attached to the term transgender, many trans males refer to themselves as transsexuals.
According to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), there were at least 22 transgender people killed in the United States in 2017.
Most of the murders remain unsolved.