Teen arrested in October slaying of transgender woman in East Hollywood

Aniya Parker

Aniya Parker

LOS ANGELES — A 17-year-old teen has been arrested in connection with the October slaying of a transgender woman in East Hollywood, Calif.

Aniya Parker

Aniya Parker

The teen’s name was not released because he is a minor. Police said he was being held at a juvenile detention center when a warrant was served for his arrest, reports KNBC-TV.

Two additional people are sought in connection with the Oct. 2 killing of Aniya Parker, 47, who was slain in what police described as a “robbery gone bad.”

The fatal shooting was caught on video from a nearby business’ surveillance camera.

In the video, Parker is seen turning around after 2-4 suspects say something, then surround her underneath a tree. One suddenly throws a punch and Parker runs off. That’s when one suspect fires a single shot, hitting her in the head.

The City Council had offered a $50,000 reward for information leading to Parker’s killer. Parker was one of three transgender women killed this year in Southern California.

Transgender immigration activist Zoraida Reyes, 29, was strangled June 11 and her body was dumped the following day in Anaheim. A 38-year-old Anaheim man has been charged in the killing.

Another transgender woman was found dead on the front porch of a residence in Los Angeles on Oct. 1. She had been robbed and then shot, and police investigators believe that killing may have been a hate crime.

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