Words: Steve Brown
A man has been charged with triple homicide after shooting and killing two gay men and a transgender woman.
On May 25, Devon Robinson, 19, fatally shot Alunte Davis, Paris Cameron and Timothy Blanche at a home in Devonshire in Detroit, according to the Detroit Free Press.
According to prosecutors, Davis, 21, and Blancher, 20, both identify as gay and Cameron, 20, was a transgender woman.
Robinson – who prosecutors say the sexuality and gender identity of his victims was a factor in the killing – also faces two counts of assault with intent to murder in connection with the two people who survived and five counts of the use of a firearm in connection with a felony.
Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said: “The alleged actions of this defendant are disturbing on so many levels, but the fact that this happened during Pride Month adds salt into the wound.
“We must remain ever vigilant in our fight to eradicate hate in Wayne County and beyond.”
Robinson is due to be arraigned this morning.
“It is horrifying and heartbreaking that the three victims killed in Detroit last month were allegedly targeted because they were LGBTQ,” said HRC National Press Secretary Sarah McBride in statement.
“The epidemic of hate violence that targets people of color and LGBTQ people, particularly Black trans people, is an urgent crisis.
“Our policymakers and leaders must do more to ensure the safety and dignity of every person in our country.”