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Report finds rise in

transgender deaths

NEW YORK -- At least 25 transgender people in the United States have been homicide victims so far this year, the highest annual total on record, according to advocacy groups seeking ways to reduce the toll.

The Human Rights Campaign, in a report released Friday, calculated that 102 transgender people have been killed in the U.S. over the past five years -- including 25 this year. Its report, jointly sponsored by the Trans People of Color Coalition, was issued ahead of Monday's annual Transgender Day of Remembrance observations, commemorating the hundreds of transgender people killed worldwide each year.

Another monitoring group, the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, has tallied 26 homicides involving transgender and gender-nonconforming people in the U.S. so far this year.

Both groups say their counts may be incomplete because transgender victims are sometimes misidentified in police and news reports, and it can take weeks or months for friends and family to publicly clarify the gender identity of a victim.

The Human Rights Campaign provided a statistical breakdown of the 102 killings since January 2013. It said that 88 of the victims were transgender women, and that nearly all of them were black or Hispanic. Nearly three-quarters were under age 35, including four minors. Fifty-five of the victims were killed in the South, including 16 of this year's victims.

Senior citizens

missing after blaze

Authorities struggled Friday to account for the whereabouts of all the residents of a Pennsylvania senior living community after a blaze tore through the complex during the middle of the night, injuring 29 and leading to a chaotic evacuation.

West Chester Mayor Jordan Norley said Friday that a few of the more than 130 residents of the Barclay Friends Senior Living Community west of Philadelphia were unaccounted for after the fire.

Officials said fewer than 20 remained hospitalized and all were in good condition.

County emergency officials said there was the possibility someone could have died in the fire, which broke out late Thursday night.

Dozens of neighbors rushed to help with the rescue, wrapping the elderly in blankets and carrying some of them to ambulances in makeshift gurneys. Some of the residents were taken to a shelter set up at a nearby college.

A spokesman for the senior center said about 132 residents were present when the blaze broke out. Emergency officials put the number of staff at about 20; they were all accounted for.

Slain officer's gun

found in Baltimore

BALTIMORE -- Investigators recovered the gun of a slain Baltimore homicide detective from the gritty lot where he was shot and have determined that it was fired more than once, a top police official said Friday.

Ballistic tests show that recovered shell casings were matched to the recovered firearm, Commissioner Kevin Davis said at a news conference at police headquarters. When asked if it was possible that the officer was shot with his own gun, Davis said authorities are "looking at every possibility."

An autopsy has not been completed for Sean Suiter, an 18-year veteran of the department, the commissioner said. Suiter, 43, died at a hospital Thursday, less than 24 hours after he was shot in the head while working on a case in West Baltimore.

A vigorous manhunt and a hefty reward that stood at $190,000 Friday have not led to any arrests.

Davis said the shooter, who investigators suspect was wounded in the confrontation with Suiter, is likely in Baltimore.

A Section on 11/18/2017

Print Headline: Report finds rise in transgender deaths Senior citizens missing after blaze Slain officer's gun found in Baltimore

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