Advocates call for hate crime investigation into transgender teen’s brutal murder

Four have been charged in connection with the killing

Editor’s note: Ally Steinfeld is believed to be at least the 21st transgender person murdered in the United States this year alone. Two of those individuals were in Charlotte: Derricka Banner, 26, who was shot and killed while in a parked car, and Sherrell Faulkner, 46, who died from injuries sustained in an attack in late 2016.

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Human rights advocates are asking Missouri prosecutors to investigate the grisly death of transgender teen Ally Steinfeld after the Sheriff investigating the murder dismissed the notion that it could be a hate crime. Steinfeld, 17, was burned after she was stabbed in the genitals and her eyes were gouged out, police said. The Human Rights Campaign…

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