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Transgender woman dies after being savagely beaten by a Facebook friend when he learned she was born a man

Transgender woman Islan Nettles died Thursday after begin beaten into a coma by a Facebook friend who only moments earlier realized she was born a man

 

  • Islan Nettles, 21, died last Thursday following an alleged hate crime in Harlem
  • Nettles was out last weekend when she ran into Facebook friend Paris Wilson, 20, and he started flirting with her
  • When his friends informed him that Nettles was born a man, he got angry and started beating her up
  • Nettles slipped into a coma during the attack and was pronounced brain dead Thursday when she was taken off life support and died
  • Wilson will likely face murder charges now that the victim's death has been ruled a homicide

 

Hate crime: Island Nettles was beaten into a coma by a Facebook friend who only moments earlier realized she was born a man

Hate crime: Island Nettles was beaten into a coma by a Facebook friend who only moments earlier realized she was born a man

 

A transgender woman in New York has died after being beaten by a group of men who attacked her and yelled gay slurs.

The victim, 21-year-old Islan Nettles, died Thursday in a Harlem hospital after being taken off life support five days following the attack.

Nettles was pronounced brain after being beaten on the street by one of her Facebook friends, 20-year-old Paris Wilson.

According to Nettles' family, the young woman had two Facebook profiles - one using her birth name Vaughn Nettles and another 'female' profile.

Wilson was friends with Nettles on her female profile.

When she ran into Wilson last Saturday near a police precinct on Eighth Avenue and 147th Street in Harlem, he started flirting with her.

But his male friends were quick to inform him that Nettles was born a man.

Angered at being embarrassed in front of his friends, Wilson started to beat up Nettles while his friends verbally harassed her.

Wilson, a rising senior at Buffalo State University, wouldn't let up on Nettles, issuing blow after blow even after she hit her head on the pavement.

Nettles' friends informed cops, but Nettles was already unconscious by the time they arrived and broke up the fight.

Growing problem: The attack happened last weekend at an intersection off of Eighth Avenue in Harlem near a police precinct. Hate crimes against the gay community in New York have seen a dramatic increase this year

Growing problem: The attack happened last weekend at an intersection off of Eighth Avenue in Harlem near a police precinct. Hate crimes against the gay community in New York have seen a dramatic increase this year

 

'He deserves to rot': Nettles mother Delores says she hopes Paris Wilson will spend the rest of his life in prison

'He deserves to rot': Nettles mother Delores says she hopes Paris Wilson will spend the rest of his life in prison

 

According to the criminal complaint, witnesses say Nettles was found passed out on the ground with a swollen shut eye and blood on her face.

After the attack, Nettles was hospitalized, slipped into a coma and later died.

The witness eventually told detectives about the anti-gay remarks- after initially leaving them out of the criminal report- and the hate crimes task force took over the investigation.

Wilson was charged on a misdemeanor assault charge, but now that Nettles has died and her death ruled a homicide, he will likely face murder charges. He was released on $2,000 bail.

Delores Nettles, the victim's mother, hopes that her daughter's killer will spend the rest of his life in jail.

'He deserves to rot because he took a life,' she told the New York Daily News.

Now, she and the rest of the victim's family are planning for Islan's funeral.

'I accepted him no matter what because I loved him at the end of the day,' she said. 'My son was a beautiful woman.'

Murdered: Nettles died at Harlem Hospital after being ruled brain dead and taken off life support. Her attacker will likely face murder charges now that her death has been ruled a homicide

Murdered: Nettles died at Harlem Hospital after being ruled brain dead and taken off life support. Her attacker will likely face murder charges now that her death has been ruled a homicide

 

The attack on Nettles was the latest in a spate of bias incidents this year in New York and a total of 68 have been reported so far this year, showing a significant increase from the 54 that were reported in all of last year.

The bias attacks this year range from yelled slurs to the May killing of a 32-year-old gay man in Greenwich Village. Police stepped up patrols this summer in response.

In May, police said Mark Carson, 32, was first taunted with homophobic slurs, then shot in the head in Greenwich Village, not far from the site of 1969 riots that helped give rise to the gay rights movement.

A suspect was arrested on a charge of murder as a hate crime. The killing, and other bias attacks, sparked a summer protest attended by thousands.

Some of the other bias incidents this summer included an assault last week where two men were attacked in Chelsea.

Christine Quinn, the city's first openly gay City Council speaker and a mayoral candidate, denounced the most recent attack.

'An attack against one person, or one community, is an assault against all New Yorkers,' she said in a joint statement with other council members.

'We ask all New Yorkers to come together, to embrace our differences and to denounce hate violence.'

 

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Comment by Ruff de Gehto Travler on September 3, 2013 at 9:58am

@Alfonso I did not see your comment will leave it alone it's just weird to me how so many can just over look the fact it decived this man and just say he killed him because he was embarresed ummmmmm no some people in life like the fact they heterosexual and na romp wit it , this is not the first time this is happen and will not be the last if you were not born a woman or a man please be honest and tell the person so they can have the option ot the choice to either deal or not deal with you !!!!! Thats at least fair cause even if you clone someting it's making a duplicate of the same when you trans you are changing what was!!! Huge difference!!!

 

@ Big Woman morning but man has been using religion to kill for centuries and then say in the name of God, Allah,Budda,satan and what ever else it's just the way of man!!!! IDK

 

@Shirley I have to agree with you 100%

Comment by Ruff de Gehto Travler on September 3, 2013 at 9:49am

@ TIG there is no way in hell you were born a dude !!!

@MC Smiley how are people ignarant and Uneducated please explain?

@Shawn yes a crime on both ends , I do feel they are going to have to make a law that it is manditory that a it transgender posing male or female have to disclose that information and making it illegal if they do not!!! more are going to die!!!!

@Sharon got mad luv for you as always my queen but it was not totally because it was embarasment dude was decived and thats what caused it just like a bad drug deal!!!! if what you going after is not real people die and like I have told you many of time empress being gay does not exclude you from death!!! Sorry

Comment by alfonso bradshaw on September 2, 2013 at 6:34pm

@ EVERYONE IT'S OVER HE/SHE LOST IT'S LIFE LET IT GO AND LEARN YOU ????????????

Comment by alfonso bradshaw on September 2, 2013 at 6:32pm

TALL ISLAND ARE YOU MAN OR WOMAN?

Comment by Shawn Alleyne on September 2, 2013 at 11:32am

Ah religion has been used for its beginnings to kill and murder. The thing is the death of this person was completely wrong and unnecessary. It was a crime no matter what your views are on the persons lifestyle. If there is a point to taken away it should be lets us not fight over the things we do not like but let us unite over the things that can harm us all. 

Comment by MC SMILEY on September 2, 2013 at 4:11am
ppl r just ignorant & uneducated
Comment by Big Woman on September 1, 2013 at 2:25pm
Its always amazing to me, how anybody can qoute scripture to justify murder.This is one the examples that gives religion a bad name.
Comment by alfonso bradshaw on September 1, 2013 at 12:27pm

WELL IT'S A CRIME HE GOT CAUGHT SO JUSTICE WILL BE SERVED LET IT GO YALL!!!

Comment by Shirley Roberts on September 1, 2013 at 8:45am

I'm sorry that yr son/daughter is dead - this was a senseless crime.  Yr child should have informed this man on FB (Privately) that he/she was a man and this would not have happened. His friends were there and he was embarrassed but let's be real here - he/she was not upfront. If yr so proud of what you've become why wouldn't u tell someone on FB or DL what & who u are - No, I hope this young man gets a fair trial, he does not deserve to have his whole life snatched from him for a he/she playing games with him/herself - sorry - I don't feel the same as the parents - he/she died for his/her own lie - & living outside the realm of God - I am sorry for your loss - your child was human being even if not a very stable one - Matthew 14:37 - 'As in the days of Noah'

Comment by Ruff de Gehto Travler on August 29, 2013 at 8:38am

@Sharon what we have to see is this that mans reaction may not me mine or yours everyone reacts differently he was decived anyone that is decived may react in a different way I really don't think dude ment to kill it, ( I say it cause it's not a woman it was not born one it's a transgender what ever the hell that is) Decption brings it's own evil trust me on this !!!! Not saying it should have died but just like the case in JA the we have gone over again adn again the Deception of that young man got him killed !!!! It should be a manditory law that if you are not naturaly born a man or woman and have a sex change you should disclose it to the other person if not disclosed you can either be sued or serve time !!!! Cause if you think this will not happen again it will!!!

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