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Image from India Monroe’s Facebook profile. January 8th, 2017 The Virginia Anti-Violence Project (VAVP) has learned that 29-year-old Newport News, VA, resident India Monroe was killed in a private residence in Newport News on Wednesday, December 21st. India identified as a black transgender woman, but was misgendered in initial local media coverage of the homicide. At this point, India’s murder is being investigated as a ‘domestic incident’, not as a hate crime. The Virginia Anti-Violence Project would like to express its sincere condolences to India’s family, friends, and community. VAVP is deeply saddened to hear of another homicide of someone who identifies within a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community in Virginia. “VAVP has responded to three reports of homicides in Virginia in the past two months; two of the individuals ...

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