BALTIMORE, Md./HENDRY COUNTY, Fl. (PM) — Bailey Reeves was celebrating Labor Day with friends Monday night when the shots rang out. Baltimore police do not believe she was targeted. Further south, early Wednesday morning, Hendry County deputies found the body of Bee Love Slater, in a burned vehicle. The body was charred beyond recognition, initially, with DNA being the sole indicator of who she was. Two separate but similar communities, one in the Northeast, one in the Southeast, are grieving two transgender women of color, both murdered.
Bailey Reeves, the young transgender woman from Rockville, Maryland, was only 17 years old, while Bee Love was 21. LGBTQ advocates will count Bailey and Bee as the 17th and 18th trans homicide victims in the U.S. in 2019 alone, further highlighting the nationwide epidemic of violence affecting the trans and gender-nonconforming community.
Northeast District patrol officers found Reeves after she’d sustained a gunshot wound to the torso. She later died at a nearby hospital. No one else was injured in the shooting.
Reeves’ death also comes less than a month after the homicide of Tracy Single, a 22-year-old black trans woman from Texas.
Detectives are asking anyone with information about last weekend’s fatal incident to contact 410-396-2100.
Additional news has surfaced of yet another transgender woman of color being killed.
Early Wednesday morning, Hendry County deputies discovered a corpse in a burned vehicle. The corpse has been determined to be Bee Love Slater, a transgender woman of color. Love had been shot, with her hands tied behind her back. Love was most likely tortured before being murdered.
Police received a call concerning a vehicle fire near 13th Street and Virginia Avenue, Harlem, in the Clewiston area, according to a Hendry County Sheriff’s Office news release. Then, they discovered a body inside.
Investigators stated the body in the vehicle was charred beyond recognition. They are begging for the community’s help in giving them information about Bee Love Slater’s death.
If you saw anything suspicious in the area of Hendry County, Florida or have any information about this incident, you are urged to call the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office at 863-674-5600 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), where you may be eligible for up to a $3,000 reward.