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Black transgender woman, 23, is found ‘burned beyond recognition’ in her car in South Florida – marking the 18th killing of a transgender person in 2019

  • Bee Love Slater, 23, was found dead in her car on September 4 in Clewiston
  • Hendry County Sheriff’s Office said her body was ‘burned beyond recognition’
  • It took two days for deputies to identify the body as Bolman Slater VI, her name before she changed it 
  • The motive behind the killing it not clear, cop are investigating case as a homicide and whether her gender identity played a role  

A black transgender woman was found ‘burned beyond recognition’ in her car in South Florida last week, marking the 18th tragic killing of a transgender person in the U.S. this year.

The body of Bee Love Slater, 23, was found in her car on September 4 in Clewiston. 

At first deputies asked for help in identifying her charred body but investigators publicly identified her two days later as Bolman Slater VI, according to the Palm Beach Post.

Her death is being investigated as a homicide. 

Black transgender woman Bee Love Slater, 23, was found ‘burned beyond recognition’ in her car in Clewiston, Florida on September 4 and her death is being investigated as a homicide

Her body was found in her charred car in Harlem in Florida, about 30 miles away from her home in Pahokee. It's not clear what she was doing out there

Her body was found in her charred car in Harlem in Florida, about 30 miles away from her home in Pahokee. It’s not clear what she was doing out there 

It’s not clear why Slater, from Pahokee, was in the Harlem neighborhood, about 30 miles away. 

Investigators with the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office say there’s no motive for the crime yet, but said it was one of the most brutal murders they’ve ever seen, according to The Advocate. 

Authorities are investigating whether Slater’s gender identity was a motive in the killing.

Sheriff’s spokesperson Captain Susan Harrelle was tight-lipped on the details of the case saying: ‘The only people that would know that would be people who saw that or people who did it.’ 

Slater’s death marks the 18th killing of a transgender person in the US in 2019, according to the Human Rights Campaign, a majority of the victims being black transgender women. 

Slater is remembered as a friend with a ‘really sweet heart’ who ‘never harmed anyone’. 

‘We have more questions than answers,’ Slater’s longtime friend Jackson, only gave his last name said to the Post. ‘I don’t know what to believe.’ 

Jackson says that Slater was often verbally harassed and disrespected for how she dressed. 

She underwent surgery this year, which boosted her confidence, but Jackson still dealt with cyberbullying. Jackson said Slater had told her family she was concerned for her safety.    

Jackson says that Slater was often verbally harassed and disrespected for how she dressed.

Slater's death marks the 18th killing of a transgender person in the US in 2019, according to the Human Rights Campaign, a majority of the victims being black transgender women

Jackson says that Slater was often verbally harassed and disrespected for how she dressed. and underwent surgery earlier this year

Slater's death marks the 18th killing of a transgender person in the US in 2019, according to the Human Rights Campaign, a majority of the victims being black transgender women. Her severely burnt vehicle pictured above

Slater’s death marks the 18th killing of a transgender person in the US in 2019, according to the Human Rights Campaign, a majority of the victims being black transgender women. Her severely burnt vehicle pictured above 

   Slater’s friend Dezmond Bass remembered her a good friend who checked in on Bass with calling her out of the blue just to say hello. 

‘The little things like that matter to me,’ Bass said. ‘My own families don’t even check on me.’

‘Bee Love really helped me out,’ Bass added. ‘When I seen this happened to her I said, ‘I’m going to make sure I speak about this.’ 

Florida is one of 31 states that do not include gender identity as a basis for a hate crime.  

Anyone with information about Slater’s death is asked to contact the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office at 863-674-5600 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477) 

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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