Missouri Authorities Investigating Transgender Teen’s Grisly Murder Not Considering It A Hate Crime

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Missouri authorities investigating the grisly death of a transgender teen who had her eyes gouged out and her genitals stabbed are not considering it a hate crime.

Ally Steinfeld’s remains were found in a bag that was dumped in a chicken coop near a mobile home in a Cabool, Mo. mobile home last week after her family reported her missing on Sept. 14, authorities said.

The Texas County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the murder, but authorities didn’t say why it wasn’t considered a hate crime. A motive for the killing still hasn’t been revealed.

Sheriff James Sigman and prosecutor Parke Stevens Jr. indicated that Steinfeld’s gender identity didn’t play a role in her death.

“I would say murder in the first-degree is all that matters,” the prosecuted said. “That is a hate crime in itself.”

Briana Calderas, 24, Andrew Vrba and Isis Schauer, both 18, have been charged with first-degree murder. A fourth suspect, James Grigsby, was charged with abandonment of a corpse and tampering with evidence on Monday.

Steinfeld — who came out as transgender in May — was dating and living with Calderas. The 18-year-old suspects also lived in Calderas’ home, Steinfeld’s mother said.

Vrba told investigators that he had stabbed Steinfeld’s genitals and gouged her eyes out in Calderas’ living room. All three suspects are accused of burning her body and dumping it in the coop.

The women allegedly went to a Walmart to buy items used in the burning, the Houston Herald reported, adding that Facebook messages between them led authorities to investigate her death.

The Human Rights campaign said Steinfeld was the 21st transgender person killed in the U.S. in 2017.

Source:  http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/transgender-teen-grisly-murder-not-considered-hate-crime-article-1.3525942

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