Police explore motives in shooting death of transgendered prostitute - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Police explore motives in shooting death of transgendered prostitute

Memphis Police say 20-year-old Rodney Whitaker may have been murdered because of his sexuality, but caution they are exploring every possible motive.

Friends say Whitaker worked as a transgendered prostitute. He was dressed as a woman when he was found shot to death Tuesday near Lamar and Old Getwell. Police believe Whitaker had been working in the area Monday night.
    
Local activists say they would not be at all surprised if Whitaker was targeted because he was transgendered.
 
"They're often the people most likely to be fired from a job, kicked out of their homes, ostracized by their churches...so, it's really hard for them," said Will Matts of the Memphis Gay & Lesbian Community Center.
     
So far, there are no suspects in Whitaker's murder.
 
If you have any information that can help police, call CrimeStoppers at (901) 528-CASH.
    

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