Vigil held for slain transgender woman in NE DC

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WASHINGTON, DC – Family and friends gathered in Northeast DC Saturday evening to remember Deeniqua “Dee Dee” Dodds, 22, a transgender woman who was shot and killed a few blocks from her home, while pleading for people with information about her death to come forward.

“She was a beautiful person. Kept you laughing,” said Dodds’ aunt, Joeann Lewis. “She had her days where she make you mad, but then she would turn right back around and make you smile and say, ‘Psyche!’”

The Metropolitan Police Department reported Dodd was found unconscious and breathing in the 200 block of Division Avenue, NE at approximately 2:59 am on July 4. She was suffering from an apparent gunshot wound and taken to the hospital. She was pronounced dead on July 13.

“Those was his last words to me. That he wanted to see his brothers and sister, but he never got a chance to see them before he passed. Imma miss her all the time,” said Dodds’ mother.

Dodds was born as Gregory Dodds, but identified as woman. Her family said they don’t know if that played a role in her being shot

“I don’t know because she was a transgender, I don’t know. I don’t know because they robbed her, I just don’t know. That’s why i need closure myself to find out what happened to my daughter,” said Lewis, who added she is the one that raised Dodd.

The Metropolitan Police Department offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for this homicide. Anyone with information can call police at 202-727-9099. Tips can also be submitted anonymously by text message by messaging 50411.

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