Trio Stabs Transgender Woman In MacArthur Park Hate Crime Attack | #College. | #Students

LOS ANGELES, CA — The stabbing attack of a transgender woman in MacArthur Park was being investigated as a hate crime, Los Angeles police announced Tuesday.

Authorities are looking for two men and a woman who surrounded the victim and stabbed her repeatedly. Before the stabbing, which happened at about 9 p.m. Sunday, one of the attackers shouted “we don’t want gays here,” according to investigators. The suspects are believe to be between the ages of 19 and 25. The victim was rushed to the hospital with stable vital signs.

The attack shook LA’s LGBT community.

TransLatina Coalition, a nonprofit that helps transgender Latina women who have immigrated to the United States, identified the victim as Daniela Hernandez, and said she was “simply walking on the street when suddenly she was brutally attacked by about four or five people.”

The group wrote on Instagram, “It is with sadness, pain, outrage and frustration that we share the terrible news that our dear community member, Daniela Hernandez, was brutally attacked receiving multiple stab wounds and had her throat sliced.

“This attack continues the cycle of violence that has occurred in the year 2020 alone, with over 27 murders of transgender people, especially Black trans women and trans women of color. We are filled with relief and happy that Daniela is still with us today, but outraged with the lack of respect for trans lives.”

The suspects fled in a white Honda sedan, and detectives are “actively working this investigation and canvassing the area for witnesses and evidence,” police said Tuesday.

The stabbing is being investigated as a hate crime, and anyone with information was urged to contact Rampart Division detectives at 213-484-3660, or during non-business hours can call 1-877-LAPD-24-7. Those wishing to report anonymously can call 800-222-TIPS.

City News Service and Patch Staffer Paige Austin contributed to this report.

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