More than a year after Bree Black’s death, the reward for information leading to an arrest has been increased to $10,000, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office.
The agency said Friday that they do not believe that the shooting death of Black, a transgender woman from Pompano Beach, was a random act.
“Like any homicide that occurs in this community, it is our responsibility to investigate these things through,” Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony said during a press conference last year. “However, we can’t lose focus on the fact that in the U.S., the transgender community is targeted and discriminated against and we would like to get to a conclusion to understand whether or not this was a matter of a hate crime.”
The original award for information leading to the arrest of her shooter was $8,000. The reward money was announced back in August 2020 by Tony and is a combination of funds — $5,000 from the Florida Sheriffs Association Criminal Apprehension Assistance Program and $3,000 from Broward Crime Stoppers.
Black was shot and killed by an unknown person the night of July 3, 2020. When police arrived at the scene, they saw she had gunshot wounds and she was pronounced dead shortly after. Even though the neighborhood was busy due to Fourth of July festivities, there were no eyewitness accounts.
Unfortunately, 2020 turned out to be the deadliest year on record for transgender and gender-nonconforming people. According to the Human Rights Campaign, at least 44 people were murdered that year, about double from 2019. Black was one of three on the list from Florida — Tony McDade was shot and killed by a police officer in Tallahassee in May 2020 and Yunieski Carey Herrera was stabbed to death by her husband in Miami in the middle of Transgender Awareness Week in November 2020.
Flier from Broward Crime Stoppers.
If you have information pertaining to the shooting death of Bree Black, contact BSO Det. Louis Bonhomme at 954-321-4377. To remain anonymous, contact Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477) or online at browardcrimestoppers.org.