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Florida police have a ‘person of interest’ in killing of transgender woman found in burned car


A “person of interest” has been named by police in the killing of a transgender woman in Florida earlier this month.

Jamson Richmond, 29, a native of Haiti, hasn’t been charged with her death, but according to the local media reports, the Hendry County Sheriff’s office has confirmed that he is wanted in connection with the killing of 23-year-old Bee Love Slater.

Her body, “burned beyond recognition,” was found inside a burned car in Clewiston, a city in Hendry County, in the south of Florida, on Sept. 4.

Sheriff Steve Whidden called the killing a “gruesome” homicide, according to the Palm Beach Post.

On Wednesday, authorities named Richemond as a person of interest in the murder of Slater, as well as in the killing of another person, a man whose body was found nine miles west of where police found Slater’s: 30-year-old Jamal Hubert.

Slater’s best friend, Kernard Wade, believes that she was targeted for being transgender. When her body was found, he told local news station WINK News that Slater had told him via text messages that she wanted to leave town, and that she was going to get in trouble, if she stayed.

Detectives are looking into a Facebook post made before the crime that said, “Somebody need to kill Bee Love.” The sheriff’s office didn’t elaborate if the message is related to Richemond, according to the station.

Until a motive is confirmed, the Hendry County Sheriff’s office said they can’t label it a hate crime.