POMPANO BEACH, FL, – It’s been just over a month since a Black transgender woman was shot to death in Pompano Beach, and the Broward Sheriff’s Office is once again asking for the public’s help in bringing their killer or killers to justice.
Detectives investigating the July 3 slaying of Bree Nuk Black, who used they/them pronouns, have not yet been able to determine whether or not the 27-year-old was targeted because of their transgender identity. Authorities don’t want the case to go cold.
We can’t lose focus on the fact that in the United States, the transgender community is targeted, discriminated against, Sheriff Gregory Tony said in a news conference held Tuesday to call attention to Black’s murder.
We don’t have that type of information as of yet, but we also don’t want to neglect the opportunity to resolve this murder, especially if it was a hate crime, Tony said.
Detectives working the homicide have received very little cooperation from about 100 potential witnesses, according to the sheriff, who also said that tips from the public have been lacking.
There’s been not one single comment that we’ve been able to use from an investigative practice, not a tip that came in from an email, not an anonymous letter, Tony said.
Black’s family was not present at Tuesday’s news conference. Instead, Nik Harris, the LGBTQ consumer advocate to Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried spoke on their behalf and on behalf of Transinclusive Group, a trans-led organization that advocates for transgender and gender non-conforming people.
In 2018, it was at least 26 deaths. In 2019, it was at least 27 deaths. We are midway through 2020, and we are already at 25 deaths. That’s the number of transgender or gender non-conforming people murdered in the U.S. due to fatal violence, Harris said.
Harris also stated that, of those killed, the majority were Black transgender women like Bree Black.
Bree Nuk Black was 27 years young, she said. The average life expectancy of a Black trans woman is 35 years of age. We are asking anyone with information to please call Broward Sheriff’s Office with any tips to bring closure to this family, to bring closure to the LGBTQ community.
Black was found fatally shot at about 10:18 pm. July 3 in the 200 block of Northwest 12th Street, a residential neighborhood in Pompano Beach.
BSO deputies found Black on the ground and said they had been shot multiple times. Black was pronounced dead at the scene by Pompano Beach Fire Rescue.
It happened on a very crowded, busy street, and we believe there were witnesses out there that may have seen something, said Det. Louis Bonhomme.
In an effort to generate more tips, the Florida Sheriffs Association Criminal Apprehension Assistance Program on Wednesday added $5,000 to the $3,000 offered by Broward Crime Stoppers.
Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Bonhomme at 954-321-4377. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477 or submit tips online at browardcrimestoppers.org.