Bee Love Slater, a black transgender woman, was found burned to death beyond recognition in her car last Wednesday.
The Hendry County Sheriff’s Office initially couldn’t identify her, but later confirmed the body was Slater’s, according to Advocate. One of Slater’s friends, Kenard Wade, knew it was her the moment he saw the burned car. Another friend thinks she was targeted because of her idnetity as a transgender woman, but police have yet to determine a motive for the crime.
“I feel like she was targeted because of her lifestyle,” Desmond Vereen, Slater’s friend told TV station WBBH. Vereen organized a candle vigil in Slater’s memory.
Slater was the 18th transgender person reported to be murdered in the U.S. in 2019, and the 17th black transgender woman.