No surprise: First ‘anti-trans hate crime’ wasn’t actually a hate crime. Just a vicious murder

No surprise: First ‘anti-trans hate crime’ wasn’t actually a hate crime. Just a vicious murder
Transgender flag. (Image via St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

[Ed. – If this is the interpreted meaning of “hate crime,” we might as well give up having law right now, and just start killing each other off.  But then, that’s the beauty of the “hate crime” concept.  It’s out there 24/7 undermining the premises behind the rule of law.]

Joshua Vallum, 29, pleaded guilty in a Mississippi federal court to the 2015 murder of his former romantic partner, 17-year-old Mercedes Williamson, because she was transgender. …

Vallum, a member of the Latin Kings street gang, believed to the largest Hispanic gang in the United States, secretly dated Williamson during the summer of 2014, according to prosecutors.

He decided to kill Williamson fearing that he could face retribution from other gang members if word spread she was a transgender woman, prosecutors said.

After luring his former lover to his father’s home in Mississippi, in the United States’ Deep South, Vallum shocked Williamson with a stun gun before stabbing her repeatedly with a pocket knife.

He struck deadly blows to Williamson’s head with a hammer after she tried running away, prosecutors said.

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