TTPC condemns murder of Nakia Ladelle Baker in Nashville

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The Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition (TTPC) has condemned the murder of Nakia Ladelle Baker, a 31-year-old transperson from Murfreesboro, Tenn. Baker’s body was found beaten in a parking lot behind a nightclub in the Radnor neighborhood of Nashville in the early morning hours of Jan. 7.

TTPC extended its deepest sympathies to the friends and family of Nakia Ladelle Baker.

Baker’s murder is the seventh documented murder of a person based on gender identity or expression in Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County. Only four of these murders have been solved to date.

The murder of Nakia Ladelle Baker is also the second murder of a transgender person in the State of Tennessee in less than a year.

On Feb. 16, 2006, 21-year-old Tiffany Berry, a pre-operative transsexual, was shot three times in the chest after she had just stepped outside of her South Memphis apartment. She died a few minutes later. Memphis police describe it as a robbery-homocide, despite the fact that her purse was not taken, and claim that her being a transsexual was not relevant.

The board and members of TTPC encourage the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department, as well as the Memphis Police Department, to investigate these crimes aggressively so that the perpetrators can be brought to justice.  We also ask anyone with any information about these crimes to come forward.

The Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition (TTPC) is an organization designed to educate and advocate on behalf of transgender related legislation at the Federal, State and local levels. TTPC is dedicated to raising public awareness and building alliances with other organizations concerned with equal rights legislation.