Vermont police don’t believe man was killed for being transgender

Suspects found in San Diego after nationwide search

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A pink ribbon is tied to a tree at the homeless camp in Burlington, Vermont where Amos Beede was attacked. Image courtesy: WPTZ

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The deadly beating of a transgender man at a homeless encampment stemmed from a dispute, but authorities don’t believe it was related to his gender identity, police said Friday.

Four people were arrested late Thursday in San Diego following a nationwide manhunt in the May 23 attack on Amos Beede. He died May 28 of his injuries.

San Diego police Sgt. Michael Tansey told The Burlington Free Press that detectives found the four suspects near in park in Ocean City. They were wanted on suspicion of second-degree murder.

Burlington police identified the suspects as Erik Averill, Myia Barber, Allison Gee and Jordan Paul on Thursday afternoon.

Tansey says the group will be held until authorities in Burlington bring charges against them and seek their extradition from California. They have yet to be assigned attorneys who can comment.

Beede’s family posted a statement on the website of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer advocacy group Pride Center of Vermont that said contrary to earlier reports he was nothomeless. The statement said Beede’s being transgender was an important part of his life. It said he was a “friend to many” who went to the homeless camp to support others in need.


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