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Trans Woman Shot & Dragged By A Car To Death

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Murdered and robbed of dignity. Marcal Tye

25-year-old Marcal Camero Tye was found dead in Forrest City, Arkansas on Tuesday. While the autopsy results have yet to be released, it appears somewhat obviously that Tye was shot and then dragged down the street by a car until she died.

It is currently unknown if the murder was the result of a hate crime, not that it matters much – Arkansas is one of only four states in the country that refuse to put hate crime laws on the books, and joins Mississippi in being the only two states without a Civil Rights Commission as well.

Add insult to injury murder, police and local Arkansas news outlets continue to refer to Tye as a man, even though she identified as a transgendered woman. Police have also used the derogatory word “cross-dresser”  and “man dressed as a woman” in lieu of the correct terminology. Come on now. It’s hardly difficult to treat this murder victim with the dignity she deserves after being robbed of her life.

The Bilerico Project reports:

GLAAD, Meghan Stabler from HRC’s Board of Directors, GetEqual Arkanasas, and local activists contacted WREG to correct the story to reflect Marcal’s true identity. WREG quickly acted upon the advice they were given and edited the original report.

“We should at least honor Marcal in death for who she was since she did not get that respect in life,” Romo said. “We really want the media to take a look about how they report these stories.”

Since Arkansas does not a have a hate crimes law, local statistics about violence against the trans community are not available. The only public record is the description in local media, so that description must be highly accurate. That can be difficult when the police force does not even know how to describe a trans person in their report.

Are you saddened by: A) Arkansas’ refusal to institute hate crimes laws. B) The sheriff’s use of offensive terminology. C) That this woman was murdered. Or D) All of the above?

Via Bilerico Project

  • I believe that religion plays a role in everything, small and large. The extremist are the ones to see here or so.

    But! then again there are many things wrong with human society all in all – that this opposition can come from nothing.

  • Justice Calo Reign

    This whole story is very “A Time to Kill”-esque. Such a shame. I wonder exactly what has to happen to get that psychological stain and all that negative and hateful energy out of those states? Can it be legislated out, or does it have to be educated out?

  • I hope she has found peace now, since she couldn’t be give it it in life. God bless her and her family and friends.

  • Anonymous

    What do you expect from the land of the man that brought us DOMA?

    Those pieces of sh-t that did this.

    That poor woman.
    She was brave enough to live as who she was.

    I really like , transgender people because they have the guts to be who they are!:)

    The crapy religious pig-heads still seem to infest our laws and law enforcement.

  • This is the reason that I am afraid to be myself, especially considering where I live. I want everyone to take the time to think about this: There was a time when homosexuality and being trans was a very common practice and being trans meant you were powerful that you had a huge soul. Also that there was a time when Christians were being dragged out into the streets and slain by soldiers. There is no such thing as abnormal because these things have existed since the dawn of time. I could rant on and on forever about all this but bottom line…No one should judge another human being because there has been a time when EVERYONE of every type of background has been persecuted. If you want my opinion us who have had violence against us, against our people, against our CORE should come together to fight hate because we know what it feels like…And why on God’s green earth would we want other people who are just trying to run their race and be happy in their life, WHY would we want anyone to suffer like that?