Washington, D.C. police on February 1st released a video they believe shows a person and vehicle of interest in connection to the murder of transgender woman Jasmine Star Parker, who was found fatally stabbed on January 7th on the 2000 block of Gallaudet St., N.E. The video, obtained from a nearby surveillance camera, depicts a car parked on the side of the road and a person getting out of the driver’s door.
“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are seeking the public’s help in identifying and locating the person and vehicle of interest,” says a police statement.
At the time of the video release, police had no suspects or known motive for the January 7th homicide. Although it is not listed as a suspected hate crime, the case may be reclassified if new information is obtained.
Parker, 36, was honored at a vigil held in her memory on January 16th and was remembered as a woman who did her best to overcome discrimination and bias as a trans woman of color. Her mother, sister, and brother were among those who attended the vigil and spoke of their love and admiration for Parker.
The police are offering a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for Parker’s murder. They urge anyone with information about the case to call the police at 202-727-9099 or send a text message to 50411 through the police text tip line.