A transgender woman's death is now being investigated as a hate crime crime by the NYPD, after 21-year-old Islan Nettles was brutally attacked last week, before eventually succumbing to her injuries on Thursday.
Nettles was walking through Harlem with a friend (who was also transgender) last Saturday night when they were attacked by a group of men. One of the group punched Nettles in the face. Witnesses to the crime reported initially that they didn't hear the attackers yelling any anti-gay slurs, but later told the NYPD that the attackers were shouting homophobic remarks.
Charges against the suspect, 20-year-old Paris Wilson, haven't been upgraded to a hate crime yet, as police wait on a medical examiner's ruling on the cause of death.