Los Angeles Times

Transgende­r activists protest slaying

- By Larry Gordon larry.gordon@latimes.com

Dozens of activists in Los Angeles held a protest rally Friday evening in response to a fatal stabbing in Fresno of a victim they described as a transgende­r woman.

Fresno police are investigat­ing the fatal stabbing of K.C. Haggard, 66, but said they had no proof so far that the slaying was a hate crime, as some activists have alleged.

Surveillan­ce cameras captured the moment when Haggard was attacked about 2 a.m. Thursday. The videotape shows Haggard beckoned by someone in a sport utility vehicle and then stabbed in the neck through the vehicle’s window.

After the vehicle sped off, the victim tried to hail other passing cars, then collapsed.

Lt. Joe Gomez, a spokesman for the Fresno Police Department, said that despite the public showing of the video online and on television, no suspects have been identified and no arrests have been made in the attack.

He said Haggard was wearing women’s clothing but was identified as a male in the coroner’s report. Gomez said police investigat­ors have no informatio­n on whether Haggard was targeted for being transgende­r.

About 100 activists rallied outside the Metro subway station at Wilshire Boulevard and Vermont Avenue to highlight the attack and violence against transgende­r people around the country.

“We want to bring awareness and show our discontent with this violence,” said Bamby Salcedo, president of the TransLatin@ Coalition.

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