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Transgender woman found murdered in Florida park

Authorities in Florida are investigating the murder of a transgender woman who was found in a Tampa park.

India Clarke, 25, died after suffering blunt force trauma to the upper body, Buzzfeed reported. Police found Clarke’s body in a park near the University Area Community Center on Tuesday morning.

Clarke’s mother described India as “a good-hearted person” to local media. Police said Clarke had a “history of prostitution,” but didn’t say if it played a role in her death.

Clarke was described as a male by police and a medical examiner, but Clarke is described as female on her Facebook profile and by friends.

“India Clarke’s death is a tragedy that is made worse by egregious misgendering by local police and media,” anti-violence group NCAVP said on Wednesday.

Clarke’s death is the ninth confirmed murder of a transgender person of color in 2015.

Contact Kristen DeSilva at 702-477-3895 or kdesilva@reviewjournal.com.  Find her on Twitter: @kristendesilva

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