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A Year Later, Reward Posted in Murder of Florida Transgender Woman

Friday September 4, 2020

Bee Love Slater
Bee Love Slater  (Source:WPTV 5)

A $10,000 reward was announced today by the FBI and Florida's Hendry County Sheriff's Office in the case of Bee Love Slater, an African-American transgender woman found dead in a burning vehicle in Clewiston one year ago Friday, South Florida television outlet Fox WFLX 29 reported on Friday.

"Slater, 23, a resident of Pahokee was the 18th murder in the trans community nationwide in 2019," wrote WFLX 29.

September 4 marked a year anniversary in Slater's death, "a Pahokee trans woman whose body was found burned in a vehicle," West Palm Beach Outlet WPTV 5 reported. "It's a case that fueled a national debate on anti-trans violence in America."

Hendry County Sheriff told WFLX 29 that early in the investigation a list of suspects was established. Later the office reached out to the FBI for assistance.

"To date, Whidden said detectives have interviewed 'several hundred' people and written and executed more than 40 search warrants," the WFLX 29 report continued.

"The sheriff's office said the homicide investigation is still 'very much active' as they sift through evidence."

The $10,000 is a combination of equal shares by the Hendry County Sheriff's Office and the FBI.

Widden has asked for the community's help in making an arrest. He is joined in that goal by FBI Special Agent Davis Christy, who told WFLX 29 that the agency "looking at potential hate crimes in the case."

"While there are some promising leads that we've received in this case, we need the public's help and assistance," he added.

"The family of Bee Love Slater deserves closure and deserves justice," Christy said.

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