Teen Arrested in Hollywood Murder of Transgender Woman
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Teen Arrested in Hollywood Murder of Transgender Woman

A juvenile was arrested in the October murder of a transgender woman that was caught on video, police announced this week.

The suspect, believed to be 17, was not identified because he is underage, a Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman said. Two others seen on tape in a confrontation with victim Aniya “Ray” Parker, 47, were still outstanding, authorities said.

The woman was walking down the street at Melrose and Kenmore avenues about 3 a.m. on Oct. 2 when three males confronted her and apparently tried to take her purse, police said.

She resists and tries to get away only to be shot by one of the suspects at close range in the head, authorities said. 

Parker was days shy of her 48th birthday.

The suspects fled and authorities have been on the hunt ever since. The city even issued a reward for information leading to the capture and conviction of those responsible for Parker's death.

A point of contention for the LGBT community has been this, however: Some if not many want this pursued as a hate crime. So far, police say that this was an attempted robbery that morphed into murder.

We asked LAPD Officer Jane Kim how detectives were led to the 17-year-old suspect, but she said that information wasn't available.

Two others seen on that security video from a Melrose Avenue business were still being sought. Anyone with information on the crime was asked to call authorities at 877-527-3247.

Send feedback and tips to the author. Follow Dennis Romero on Twitter at @dennisjromero. Follow L.A. Weekly News on Twitter at @laweeklynews.

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