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Police seek help in finding transgender woman's killer

The victim was killed Thursday night in Hollywood. The man they seek may also have tried to rob another transgender woman in West Hollywood.

November 19, 2011|By Sam Quinones, Los Angeles Times

Authorities are seeking the public's help in identifying a man who shot and killed a transgender woman in Hollywood late Thursday night and who may also be responsible for the attempted armed robbery of another transgender woman in West Hollywood less than an hour later.

The shooting victim, Nathan Henry Vickers, 32, was found lying unconscious in the area of Lexington Avenue and Gower Street at 9:58 p.m. The Los Angeles Police Department said Vickers had a gunshot wound to the chest and was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. The shooter apparently ran away and the motive for the slaying remains unknown, police said.

Vickers was also known as "Cassidy," residents said.

The attempted armed robbery of the second transgender woman occurred at Plummer Park in West Hollywood at 10:35 p.m., according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, which provides law enforcement services for West Hollywood. The Sheriff's Department said the would-be robber was described as a 5-foot-8 black man weighing 240 pounds and wearing a black hat and black clothing.

Anyone with information regarding the slaying is asked to call Hollywood homicide detectives at (213) 972-2910 during regular business hours. During other hours or on weekends, calls may be made to (877) LAPD-24-7 or (877) 527-3247.

sam.quinones@latimes.com

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