2016-08-31 / Front Page

Rally For Transgender Hammer Victim

By Liz Goff
Activists, local lawmakers and city officials gathered on August 25 at a rally in Woodside to show support for a transgender woman who was bashed with a hammer on August 17.

“We will never accept or tolerate violence against the trans community in Woodside or anywhere in the city of New York, ever, ever, ever,” City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer said.

Police sources said the 28-yer-old victim was walking on 67th Street in Woodside at about 6 a.m. on August 17 when the man walked up from behind and hit the victim in the head with a hammer.

The suspect shouted, “This is what you get for being gay,” at the victim and ran from the scene, the sources said.

Public Advocate Lettia James, city Controller Scott Stringer and members of Make The Road New York and the New York City Anti-Violence Project joined the victim and Van Bramer at the rally.

The victim was treated and released at Elmhurst Hospital Center, authorities said.

Police are investigating the attack as a hate crime.


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