A transgender man who was badly beaten at a homeless encampment in Vermont last week has died of his injuries, police said.
Amos Beede, 38, died Sunday at the University of Vermont Medical Center of wounds that included head trauma, facial fractures, and broken ribs, Burlington Police Chief Brandon del Pozo said in a statement.
Authorities have not ruled out Beede’s transgender identity as a possible motive for the attack, and they “will seek to determine what role if any it may have played,” police said.
“We will continue to view this homicide as a possible bias incident,” police said.
No one has been charged in the assault.
Police were called to the homeless encampment in the area of Barge Canal on the morning of May 22. Beede was found lying on the ground. Police say he had been attacked hours earlier.
At least ten more transgender people have been fatally shot, stabbed or “killed by other violent means” so far in 2016, according to Human Rights Campaign, a LGBT advocacy group. In 2015, at least 21 transgender people were killed in violent acts, the most ever recorded in a year, Human Rights Campaign reported.
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