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Police: Tampa teen shot transgender woman


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Bay News 9
May 31, 2013

Tavares Spencer, 16, is facing charges of attempted murder, robbery and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. The charges carry enhanced penalties because officials are considering this a hate crime.

According to police, the shooting happened in the 5000 block of Winnie Street N. on the morning of April 9.

Police said Spencer arranged to meet the victim, 22-year-old Terrience McDonald, who goes by the name Coko, a week after meeting her.

"I tell anyone, whether its platonic, intimate, I let everybody know because I'm not ashamed of who I am. I'm very confident about my sexuality,” said McDonald. "I'm transgender, if you really don't want to have any dealings with me I understand, but I'm just letting you know so there's no confusion."