A Native American transgender woman who was severely beaten in Brooklyn, New York has finally regained her ability to speak almost two weeks after being assaulted by four men who have not been identified, officials said. The woman’s severe injuries have prevented her from giving consent to release her name to the press.
“She’s doing better,” Kate Barnhart, director of New Alternatives for Homeless LGBT Youth, told ICTMN. “She has no memory of the attack.”
Four unknown men assaulted the 28-year-old Bushwick woman as she walked with a gay male friend on Bushwick Avenue at 11:30 p.m. October 12. According to WABC-TV New York, the assailants shouted anti-gay obscenities and then proceeded to punch and kick the woman. One man threw a Plexiglas board, striking her in the head. The NYPD spokesman did not release too many details, but the unknown gay male friend was able to escape without injury.
The police released security footage saying that the two men in the video are the alleged attackers. One of the men is described as a black male wearing a ski cap, gray sweats, white shoes and a gray sleeveless sweater with ‘Freedom’ on it. The other is described as a black male with a closely-shaven head wearing a blue Nike hoodie and blue sweatpants. Police have not made any arrests.
WABC reported that the victim suffered a traumatic brain injury and had to have a section of her skull removed to prevent further swelling.
On October 14, two days after the attack, the New York LGBTQ community held a rally in honor of victims of hate crimes. The area has recently been inundated with assaults aimed at the LGBTQ community, according to reports. There is a $2,000 reward for any information regarding the woman’s attackers, but Barnhart said it seems insufficient and that police aren’t doing all they can to find the men. “The reward seems low,” Barnhart said. “I’m concerned about whether the detectives are working as hard as they should be.”
Police posted fliers around the area near the attack requesting help in locating the men, but Barnhart said members of the community have taken it upon themselves to post even more fliers.
Anyone with information about the case can call 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), text tips to 274637 (CRIMES) and then enter TIPS 577, or report them at NYPDCrimeStoppers.com.