Councilman: Murder of transgender woman should be investigated as hate crime

Outlook Columbus
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May 2, 2013

A Cleveland City Council member has called on authorities to investigate as a hate crime the death of a 20-year-old transgender woman whose body was found in a northeastern Ohio pond in April and identified this week. Twenty-year-old Cemia Dove of Cleveland was reported missing March 27, according to The Plain Dealer. Her partially clothed body, tethered to a concrete block, was found in an Olmstead Township pond on April 17. “She did not deserve to die as what is likely a hate crime,” Cleveland Councilman Joe Cimperman said in a news release quoted by WEWS-TV. “Too often we lose loved ones because of fear or hate. Violence should not be tolerated against anyone regardless of race, gender identity, gender expression or sexual orientation.”