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Black Trans Woman Mia Green Shot, Killed in Philadelphia; Suspect Apprehended

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Friday October 2, 2020

Mia Green
Mia Green  (Source:Deja Lynn Alvarez/Facebook)

Mia Green, a 29-year-old Black transgender woman, died after being shot in the neck on the morning of Sept. 28. A man who told police that she had been shot was arrested on suspicion of killing her, NBC News reports.

Police discovered Green in a car being driven by Abdullah lbn El-Amin Jaamia, after Jaamia was pulled over at about 8 a.m. for running a stop sign, the NBC story said. Jaamia told police that Green had been shot, and officers escorted him as he drove to a hospital. Green was pronounced dead at the hospital at 8:30 that morning.

Green lived in Philadelphia, as does Jaamia.

On Sept. 29, police arrested Jaamia as a suspect in the killing. Authorities said that what Jaamia told the police about the shooting "made absolutely no sense," and alleged that the suspect had argued with the victim and fired three shots at her while in the car, shortly before police pulled him over, reported local newspaper The Philadelphia Inquirer on Sept. 30.

Green also suffered a gunshot would to her arm and her side was "grazed" by a bullet, the account said.

Philadelphia's Office of LGBT Affairs released a statement, decrying Green's death and what it called the "epidemic" of lethal anti-trans violence.

"We know that the loss of yet another trans community member of color is especially painful, no matter the circumstances," the statement read.

"This latest act of violence against a member of our community is a somber reminder of the epidemic of violence against trans individuals."

The Human Rights Campaign, which tracks lethal violence directed at transgender Americans, spoke out about the killing, saying that Green's death marks at least 29 trans people that have been killed in the U.S. so far this year. The majority of the victims have been trans people of color.

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Assistant Arts Editor. He also reviews theater for WBUR. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.

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