Transgender interior designer Felycya Harris shot to death in Georgia park / LGBTQ Nation

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A 33-year-old transgender interior designer was found shot to death this past Saturday in Augusta, Georgia.

Felycya Harris’s body was found after 1 p.m. at a city park with one gunshot wound. An autopsy on Monday classified her death as a homicide.

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“I went outside and we were just sitting in the car, laughing and talking and jiving on each other” before her death, her friend Ricola Collier told WRDW.

She is the 31st known transgender or non-binary person killed this year in the U.S., according to HRC, in what has become one of the most violent years on record for transgender people. The number is believed to be higher as many murders are not reported in the media and many victims who are transgender or non-binary are misgendered in media reports.

Most of the victims this year have been Black and latina transgender women.

“With news of the death of Felycya Harris, we have hit a grim milestone: we have now matched the highest number of transgender or gender non-conforming people who were victims of fatal violence in one year – and there are three more months left in the year,” said HRC President Alphonso David.

According to the organization, Harris ran her own interior decorating business and said she could do “just about anything with decorating” to make people feel better in their living spaces. She also worked at a furniture store and taught dance.

Her friends said they will remember her “laugh. The smile – the smiles. The talks. The arguments. The attitudes. Everybody is going to remember who Felycya Harris is.”

According to the Augusta Chronicle, friends and family are sharing “Justice for Felycya” posts on Facebook. Police have not yet said if they have a suspect.

At least two other transgender women were murdered in the past two weeks. Mia Green, 29, of Philadelphia, Louisiana was found shot in the neck on September 28 and later died at the hospital.

Abdullah Ibn El-Amin Jaamia, in whose car Green’s body was found, has been arrested in connection to her death.

In Los Angeles, 42-year-old Daniela Hernandez was stabbed in the throat Sunday night after she was surrounded by a group of men in a park who told her “something to the effect of, ‘We don’t want gays in the park,’” according to LAPD.

“We don’t know exactly why, but we know it was simply because she’s trans,” said TransLatina Coalition President and CEO Bamby Salcedo.

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Garden City police investigate man’s death at motel

GARDEN CITY, Kan. (KWCH) – The Garden City Police Department is investigating after a man was found dead in a local motel.



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Officers responded to the Sunflower Inn around 11:24 a.m. on Sunday for a man not breathing.

When they arrived, they and were taken to Room 115 by motel staff. There, officers found Alec Cantu (23) dead on the floor. Police said Cantu had signs of trauma to his body and it was apparent that an altercation had taken place inside the motel room.

At 9:48 a.m. of the same morning, the Finney County Sheriff’s Office responded to 4100 W. Railroad Ave. for an abandoned vehicle in the Arkansas River. The car was registered to Alec Cantu and had been vandalized.

The investigation is ongoing.

If you witnessed this incident or have information related to this incident, you are asked to call the Garden City Police Department (620) 276-1300. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can call Crime Stoppers (620) 275-7807, or text your tip to Garden City PD, text GCTIP, and your tip to Tip411 (847411).

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Death of candidate in Minn. House race triggers special election next year

“I want to offer condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Weeks. The loss of any of us is a tragedy, and that’s felt especially in someone who has put his energy into a campaign to serve in public office,” Secretary of State Steve Simon (D) said in a statement. “The law is clear on what happens next. If a major party nominee dies within 79 days of Election Day; a special election will be held for that office on the second Tuesday of February.”

Craig, 48, whose term ends in January, now faces a Feb. 9 special election.

The congresswoman won the seat in 2018 after losing two years earlier in part because of a left-wing, third-party candidate. Kistner was running a serious race against Craig, but the Democrat was well-funded and the seat was not seen as a top Republican target.

The special election could be competitive. President Trump narrowly won the district south of the Twin Cities with 46 percent of the vote, edging out Hillary Clinton due to a high share of votes for third-party candidates.

Minnesota has experienced the death of a candidate in the middle of a campaign before. In 2002, Democratic Sen. Paul Wellstone was killed in a plane crash, and Democrats hurriedly nominated former vice president Walter Mondale to replace him.

That led to confusion about ballots already cast for Wellstone, which, to Democrats’ detriment, were not counted for Mondale. The state subsequently changed the law, requiring a new election if a “major party” candidate dies within 79 days of Election Day. The old problem — what to do with votes for a dead candidate — was gone because the parties no longer would replace that candidate on the ballot. It would be settled by a special election.

The election law, passed in 2013, may face legal scrutiny. The date of federal elections has been set at the first Tuesday of November for nearly 150 years, by Congress. If Minnesota’s law, never tested, were superseded, votes that started being cast last week might be tallied; if seated, the winner would serve for a month before a special election.

The Legal Marijuana Now Party, a 22-year-old left-wing party, was able to gain “major party” status based on 2018 results. Minnesota grants “major party” status to any party that gets more than 5 percent of the vote in the previous election, and in 2018, as Democrats swept Minnesota’s statewide races, 5.3 percent of voters opted for the Legal Marijuana Now Party’s candidate for state auditor.

That created a problem for Democrats this year, and the party filed a Federal Election Commission complaint against Weeks, whose social media posts suggested that he supported Republicans and who was not filing required paperwork about his finances.

Craig issued a statement this week about Weeks.

“I was deeply saddened to hear the tragic news of Adam Weeks’s passing earlier this week,” Craig said, adding that she and her spouse, Cheryl Greene, were “praying for the Weeks family

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Minnesota candidate’s sudden death forces February special election for competitive House seat

The death of a minor party candidate running a long-shot bid for a competitive U.S. House seat in Minnesota will force a February special election, thanks to a bizarre quirk in state law.

Adam Weeks, the Legal Marijuana Now Party’s candidate running against Rep. Angie Craig (D-Minn.), died suddenly earlier this week. No cause of death was given.

His passing comes just 40 days before an election, close enough that state law will require the election be delayed.

The Minnesota state legislature passed a measure in 2013 that would delay a contest if a major party candidate dies within 79 days of Election Day.

The law came after the 2002 death of Sen. Paul Wellstone (D), who died in a plane crash that also killed his wife, his daughter and five others.

In the event of a death, the law requires a special election be held on the second Tuesday of February — in this case, Feb. 9, 2021, about a month after the new Congress is seated.

In a statement, Secretary of State Steve Simon (D) offered condolences to Weeks’s family — but he said the law is clear.

Major party status is conferred on parties whose candidate for statewide office receives at least 5 percent of the vote in a preceding general election. The Legal Marijuana Now Party won its status after their candidate for state auditor won 5.3 percent of the vote in 2018.

The delay will mean voters in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District — based in the St. Paul suburbs — will be without a member of Congress when the chamber reconvenes in January.

Craig, a first-term lawmaker swept to office in the midterm elections, won almost 53 percent of the vote in 2018. She faced Republican Tyler Kistner, a Marine Corps veteran who had raised just over $1 million through late July.

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Democrats in Minnesota and Washington were consulting with lawyers late Thursday as they sought to understand their legal options. National Republicans did not immediately return a request for comment.

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‘Knife fanatic’, 17, jailed for life for stabbing autistic best friend to death with a kitchen knife

A teen has been jailed for life for stabbing his autistic best friend to death with a kitchen knife during a row.

Trent Hutchinson, 17, plunged a knife into the back and skull of 18-year-old Ollie Wells outside his house, a court heard.

The young killer, who was said to have had a ‘fascination with knives’, had allowed his friend to sleep on a mattress in his bedroom in his mother’s house.

During the stay, Ollie answered the door and spoke to some men who stopped by in a car.

Trent Hutchinson (left), 17, has been jailed for life for stabbing his best friend to death with a kitchen knife during a row in Newhaven, Sussex,

The 18-year-old  victim Ollie Wells

Trent Hutchinson (left), 17, has been jailed for life for stabbing his best friend 18-year-old Ollie Wells to death with a kitchen knife during a row in Newhaven, Sussex

Hutchinson, 16 at the time, accused Ollie of ‘bringing trouble to the house’, police said.

A fight broke out between them inside the home in Newhaven, Sussex, and Hutchinson punched Ollie. 

Ollie fled outside and was followed by Hutchinson, who then returned quickly and told his mother he had stabbed Ollie.

The court heard Ollie was stabbed twice with a knife taken from the house during the incident on 6 January.

He collapsed outside into the street where he died despite the efforts of Hutchinson’s mother, and of paramedics who swiftly arrived.

Ollie Wells' (pictured) family said in a statement: 'Ollie's death and the horrific way he died has been devastating for our family, he was the youngest sibling and loved very much'

Ollie Wells’ (pictured) family said in a statement: ‘Ollie’s death and the horrific way he died has been devastating for our family, he was the youngest sibling and loved very much’ 

Following the seven-day trial at Hove Crown Court, Judge Jeremy Gold QC allowed Hutchinson to be named after applications from media and Ollie’s family.

He was sentenced to life imprisonment on Friday, with a minimum term of 14 years.

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Andy Wolstenholme of the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team said: ‘This tragic moment has had a terrible impact on two families which will live with them forever.

‘One young man lost his life, cruelly and savagely murdered by another young man who he believed to be his best friend, who has consigned himself to tragically limited future.

A forensic tent at the property in Newhaven in January the day after Ollie was stabbed to death

A forensic tent at the property in Newhaven in January the day after Ollie was stabbed to death

‘The families of both teenagers will undoubtedly feel that loss forever.

‘Whatever the disagreement was between them that night, we may never know exactly why Ollie’s murderer reacted in such an extreme and violent way.

‘When interviewed, he said in a prepared statement that he acted in self-defence and intended Ollie no serious harm.

‘However the injuries made it clear that this was no defensive action but rather a sustained and deliberate attack.

Following the seven-day trial at Hove Crown Court, Judge Jeremy Gold QC allowed Hutchinson to be named after applications from media and Ollie's family. Pictured: The crime scene in Newhaven

Following the seven-day trial at Hove Crown Court, Judge Jeremy Gold QC allowed Hutchinson to be named after applications from media and Ollie’s family. Pictured: The crime scene in Newhaven 

‘Both as a police officer, and a resident of Sussex I am desperate not to see any more young lives cut short as a result of knife violence in our county.

‘The impact of

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7 people shot to death at marijuana grow house in Inland Empire, authorities say

Seven people were shot to death at the site of an apparent illegal marijuana grow in the Inland Empire over Labor Day weekend, authorities said.



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Riverside County sheriff’s deputies responded at 12:33 a.m. Monday to a reported assault with a deadly weapon in the 45000 block of Highway 371 in Aguanga, an unincorporated community roughly 18 miles east of Temecula.

At the residence, deputies found seven people with gunshot wounds, according to the Sheriff’s Department. Six died from their injuries at the scene, and one woman died after being taken to a hospital, authorities said.

Names and descriptions of the victims were not immediately available Tuesday morning.

Officials said that the residence was apparently housing an illicit marijuana operation. Several hundred plants and more than 1,000 pounds of marijuana were found at the scene, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

Authorities have not yet publicly identified any suspects, and the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Department at (951) 955-2777.

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