Police are searching for the suspect in the murder of a black transgender woman in Philadelphia.

Miia Jamii Parker, 25, was shot dead, at 3:30am, in her parked car, in the Philadelphia suburb of Chester, on April 1. 

A friend who was with her at the time drove her to the hospital but is not cooperating with the police.

Suspect Identified

Police have identified a suspect, Saad Najeed Dwight, 38, and are asking the community to be on the lookout. 

According to CBS Philly, Dwight is facing charges of third-degree murder, criminal homicide, and possession of a firearm.

The suspect’s motive is unknown.

According to Parker’s friends, she knew how to light up a room and was always the life of the party. 

According to the Human Rights Campaign, this year, in the US, “at least six transgender people fatally shot or killed by other violent means. 

“We say ‘at least’ because too often these stories go unreported — or misreported. In previous years, the majority of these people were Black and Latinx transgender women.”


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