Transgender Person Stabbed Thursday has Died

NOTE: This story contains a links roundup of other media outlets coverage of this case. Some of those stories incorrectly identify the victim as a “man in woman’s clothing.” Homicide Watch has and will continue to use the victim’s self-identified gender, which is female. More about Deoni Japarker Jones is here.

UPDATED with a press release from MPD at 1:08 p.m.

A person stabbed in the head Thursday night in Northeast DC has died of their injuries, sources familiar with the case have said.

MPD responded to a bus stop in the 4800 Block of East Capitol Street NE at about 8:15 p.m. Responding officiers initially believed the victim was a woman, based on how she appeared and was dressed, but medical staff discovered the victim to be male.

The victim has not yet been identified by police.

A links roundup is below.

Man Dressed as Woman Stabbed at DC Bus Stop:

February 3, 2012

Homicide in the 4900 Block of East Capitol Street, Northeast

(Washington, DC)-Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal stabbing which occurred in the 4900 block of East Capitol Street, Northeast.

On Thursday, February 2, 2012, at approximately 8:13 pm, a Metro Transit Police Officer was flagged down for an assault at a bus stop in the 4900 block of East Capitol Street, Northeast. Upon arrival, the officer located a transgender female, who was unconscious and unresponsive suffering from a stab wound. Units from the Sixth District and DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel responded to the scene. The victim was transported to a local hospital and was admitted in critical condition.

On Friday, February 3, 2012, at 2:35 am, the victim was pronounced dead. The decedent has not been identified, at this time.

The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons wanted for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at (202) 727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.

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