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Annual march for transgender victims follows another death

November 20, 2011 |  8:21 am

As police investigate the shooting death of one transgender person Thursday night and shots fired at another soon afterward, West Hollywood is preparing to observe the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance with a march Sunday.

The West Hollywood march starts at 1:30 p.m. at Plummer Park at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard, and ends at Matthew Shepard Triangle at Santa Monica and Crescent Heights boulevards, where a program with a reading of names is scheduled from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Authorities have not labeled the recent shootings hate crimes but have said they believe the same person was responsible for shooting to death a transgender woman in Hollywood and shooting at another in West Hollywood on Thursday night. Drawing of suspect in West Hollywood shootings of two transgender people.

In the first incident, Nathan Henry Vickers, 32, also known as Cassidy, was shot on shortly before 10 p.m. on Lexington Avenue near Gower Street, an area of Hollywood known for street prostitution, according to Los Angeles police.

About a half-hour later, a transgender person was shot at during an attempted robbery at Plummer Park in West Hollywood. No one was hurt in that incident.

The LAPD released a sketch of the suspect, described as a medium-complected black man, 5-foot-9 and 150 pounds, with matted hair, light facial hair, skin tags around his eyes. He was wearing a cap and may have been on a bicycle. Police said he may be a transient.

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to contact Hollywood homicide detectives at (213) 972-2910, (213) 972-2901 or (213) 972-2912. After hours, call (213) 485-4628.

The Day of Remembrance began to mark the Nov. 20, 1998, murder of Rita Hester, a San Francisco transgender person. The event is now observed worldwide to commemorate the deaths of transgender people as a result of hate crimes.

For more information about the Day of Remembrance in West Hollywood, call (323) 848-6371. For the deaf and hard of hearing, call 323-848-6496.

— Abby Sewell

Photo: Police drawing of suspect in Hollywood shooting. Credit: LAPD

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