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First Nation Non-Binary Trans Person Murdered in York Pa.

Gender nonbinary trans person Whispering Wind Bear Spirit, 41, was shot at their home in York Pa Monday, May 3rd, 2021. Oscar Cook, 19, was charged with their murder while allegedly trying to rob residents at the same address.

Whispering Wind Bear Spirit, 41, died of a single gunshot wound sustained during an attempted robbery of the residence, police say. The incident occurred around 11:25 p.m. Bear Spirit was transported to a local hospital, where they died during emergency surgery at 1:15 a.m. on May 4, according to WPMT fox43

Cook and two other known suspects, whom police did not identify in the criminal complaint, were seen approaching the front door of the residence at about 11:18 p.m., police say. One of the other suspects was in possession of a firearm, according to police.

Cook and the other suspects then forced their way into the home. One of the suspects began physically assaulting the male resident while the second ordered everyone else to stay back while pointing the firearm at them, according to police.

Bear Spirit was shot once in the torso while attempting to defend the home and get the other suspects to leave, according to police.

After they were shot, the two known suspects fled on foot, police say.

According to the Trans Lives Matter Project project Whispering Wind Bear Spirit is the 46th known trans person to have been murdered in the United States since November 20th when trans people mark the transgender Day of Remembrance.

The 2020 TDoR saw 60 deaths, a record number which important since the 2021 reporting period still has 4 months to go.

Rest in Peace Whispering Wind Bear Spirit

Kelli Busey
Kelli, Busey is managing editor at Planet Transgender