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Warrant issued for murder of Transgender woman Keri Washington

Transgender woman Keri Washington, 49, was murdered on May 1st, behind an apartment building in Clearwater Florida, HRC first reported, noting that nothing was known about the circumstances surrounding her murder.

Homicide detectives announced Monday afternoon that a first-degree warrant had been issued for Arthur Benjamin Jr., 49, AKA Hadeeka Shabazz in connection with the body found on May 1 behind a Clearwater apartment building, Tampa Bay Newspapers reports.

Clearwater police: Man wanted for first-degree murder likely using an alias

Clearwater police responded to a call about 8 a.m. Saturday from the Palmetto Park Apartments, 1001 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. Police say the body, identified as Keri Washington, 49, was found behind building 7.

The arrest warrant is for Arthur Benjamin Jr., 49. He is described as being just over 6 feet tall weighing about 190 pounds. Detectives say he wears glasses, is balding and wears a white chinstrap beard. They say he has an extensive criminal history and was known to the victim.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Clearwater police at 727-562-4242.

Kelli Busey
Kelli, Busey is managing editor at Planet Transgender