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Hollywood vigil for slain transgender woman set for Saturday

December 16, 2011 |  9:52 am

A vigil is planned Saturday for an apparently transgender woman who was shot to death in Hollywood
A vigil is planned Saturday for an apparently transgender woman who was shot to death in Hollywood.

The vigil is set to begin at 2 p.m. at Lexington Avenue and Gower Street, the scene of the murder of Nathan Vickers, who also went by the names Chase and Chastity, according to friends.

Speakers are to include transgender activists and detectives and officials from the Los Angeles Police Department's Hollywood division.

Vickers, 32, who had recently relocated from East Palo Alto, was shot and killed on the night of Nov. 17 while standing on Lexington near Gower. The intersection has long been known for its street prostitution trade; transgender women and transvestites make up most of the prostitutes working the street, say neighbors and the prostitutes themselves.

Friends said Vickers had moved to Los Angeles after spending the previous two years working at a Stanford University cafeteria. They said Vickers was gay but not transgender, but would occasionally dress as a woman.

Unable to find work, Vickers was likely working as a prostitute, they said.

The man suspected of killing Vickers is also suspected of shooting at a transgender black woman a half-hour later in Pullman Park in West Hollywood. No one was hurt in that incident.

The park is known as a place where homeless transgender women camp, officials said.

No one has been arrested in the Vickers case.

For more information on the vigil, call (818) 220-1081 or (323) 993-7653.


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Photos: Murder victim Nathan Vickers, left, and a police sketch of the suspect in the case. Credit: LAPD