Transgender woman beaten, shot in North Philly

Authorities are seeking help from the public in finding the men responsible for the death of a transgender woman who was beaten and shot in North Philadelphia.

Police said officers were called to investigate a robbery in progress and possible shooting at about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Logan section of the city.

Officers found 22-year-old Kiesha Jenkins of South Philadelphia physically assaulted and shot in the back. She was taken to Einstein Medical Center and pronounced dead minutes later.

Capt. James Clark of the police homicide division said Jenkins had been riding in a car, but minutes after she was dropped off, she was set upon by five to six men.

Police said the motive for the crime was unknown, and investigators don’t know whether it may have been a hate crime.

Correction: A previous version of this article misspelled Kiesha Jenkins’ name.

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