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Activists say Detroit murder victim was a transgender woman

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

DETROIT — The Wayne County Medical Examiner has identified the body of a murder victim that activists in the LGBT community say was a transgender woman.

crime-sceneMary Mazur, a spokeswoman for the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office said the body of Calvin Curtis Lipscomb was burned so badly she couldn’t be identified for 11 days, reported MLive.

Lipscomb’s burned body was discovered in a trash bin in Detroit on Nov. 8.

Mazur said Lipscomb, identified with the help of a cousin who provided fingerprint data, died of a shotgun wound. She was 53.

Equality Michigan, a statewide anti-violence and LGBT advocacy organization, first reported last month that Lipscomb’s body, which had not yet been identified, was is believed to be a member of the transgender community.

“We know that transgender women of color are the most disproportionately affected by violence and hate against the LGBT communities, and this latest incident is a tragic reminder of that reality,” said Yvonne Siferd, director of victim services for Equality Michigan, in a statement last month.

“The undignified way in which [Lipscomb's] body was dumped speaks to the larger issue of anti-transgender hostility in our society,” said Siferd.

Detroit police have not called the killing of Calvin Lipscomb a hate crime nor confirmed that Lipscomb was transgender.

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29 more reader comments:

  1. Seriously, this violence needs to stop!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 9:27pm
  2. SO very sad :(

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 9:29pm
  3. Stop the HATE ! ! This violence is just crazy

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 9:30pm
  4. STOP!!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 9:33pm
  5. Bless her heart. My sympathies for those who loved her,for herself.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 9:40pm
  6. Ofl….

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 9:42pm
  7. I’m pretty sure her name was no longer Calvin. It would have been nice to know her name and for the reporters to address her by her proper name. :(

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 9:45pm
  8. the hate and violence needs to stop…. prayers goes out to her family and friends

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 9:47pm
  9. =(

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 9:52pm
  10. I’m sure it had nothing to do with her gender. People here in Detroit like to shoot for fun smh. It was a recent record to go 36 hours without a murder. That is ridiculously sad. I can’t wait to get further away from the city! Sad story.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 9:56pm
  11. Prayers to her…..

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 9:58pm
  12. Just because a trans gendered woman was killed doesnt mean Its a hate crime. Just like every white man killed by a black man isn’t always hate crime either. Still sad and how inn a better place but so calling hate crime all the freaking time

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 10:07pm
  13. Oh yeah because there's so many logical and fair reasons to murder someone, that the chance of it being a hate crime are so miniscule, right?

    Replied on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 10:17pm
  14. 1 out 4 transsex females of colour are murdered so it's pretty difficult to see it as a coincidence when it happens. Which is 3 times so far this week if I'm not mistaken.

    Replied on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 10:26pm
  15. Truly a sad reflection of our society.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 10:09pm
  16. Oh look at all the white cis people saying this must not have been a hate crime. Not sure what part of “Died from a shotgun wound and body burned so badly it took 11 days to identify” don’t you understand? Does that sound like a “misunderstanding” to you? I don’t care where the killing happened, it’s most likely a hate crime just from the extremely aggravated nature of how she was killed. She was also 53 years old. A little old for getting into deadly fights.

    But please, continue telling us how you’re sure that a community of people (trans PoCs) that we see murdered 1-3 times per week steadily “must not be a hate crime.” smdh.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 10:29pm
  17. Awe :-(

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 10:35pm
  18. I didn’t have the courage to transition in Detroit for this very reason :( so I left with nothing bit hope and a dream of being the re me currently that’s what and who I am in San Francisco !!!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 10:48pm
  19. Ugh:-(

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 10:55pm
  20. Being from Detroit, they probably just killed some random person who happened to be transgendered,
    They give zero fucks about who they kill in Detroit.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 11:28pm
  21. Its was a hate crime no matter if she was trans or not! Shot and burned that comes from hate inside a person! Smh prayers for the family this is so sad

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 12:54am
  22. hatecrime is awful…

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:26am
  23. this kind of thing has got to stop…

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:27am
  24. I’m getting really angry at all the hate twords lgbt I’m straight but I’m becoming very very angry twords other straight gayphobic people

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:03am
  25. Why am I starting to feel that the only verdict is vengeance against scum that do these sort of things or support it.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:20am
  26. So sad! RIP, sweetie!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 4:10am
  27. Prayers go out to her family and friends, may god find and take care of the ones that placed a hand on her!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 5:31am
  28. I hope we never forget the struggles of our past that have allowed us to realize the change we are experiencing today.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 1:12pm
  29. I can’t like this..I wish there was I hate this story button :-(

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:00pm