A year after transgender woman Islan Nettles was killed in New York, an arrest has finally been made.
According to the New York Daily News, James Dixon was charged with second-degree manslaughter and first-degree assault. Dixon was among seven men present in Harlem on Aug. 17, 2013, when an argument broke out with Nettles and her friends. The 24-year-old catcalled Nettles and later threw homophobic slurs at the women after realizing they were transgender.
A fight ensued and Dixon punched Nettles in the face before and after she hit the ground. The 21-year-old died after spending a week in a coma.
Nettles’ mother Delores spoke to reporters about the indictment, calling it a victory for the LGBTQ community.
“I’m thankful so much for them because without them I wouldn’t have support. We fought for what we wanted, so I’m very glad for that,” she said. “I’m overwhelmed and my God is good,” adding that the long wait for…
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