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• Last week, a transgender woman was found dead at the back of an Orlando apartment complex. Orange County Sheriff’s deputies found the body of 27-year-old Sasha Garden at the Reserve at Lake Buchanan Apartments on Holden Avenue around 5 a.m. on July 19. Investigators said her body had signs of trauma and described her death as a “homicide.” No suspects have been identified so far. Garden is the fourth black trans woman to be murdered in Florida within the span of five months. Like the other three women, Garden was initially misgendered in an offensive way by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and local TV news stations. Hours after Garden’s friends and family called them out, the Sheriff’s Office finally … Read More »
• Just days after a mother was shot at a gas station in Pine Hills, Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings and Orlando Police Chief John Mina are pledging new ways to keep that community safe. The announcement involves targeted crime reduction and collaboration with pastors and other officials. Pine Hills has seen a slight increase in gun violence over the past few weeks. One of the more recent shootings resulted in the death of a pregnant woman. Read More »