Activists are calling for a hate crimes investigation after a transgender woman in California was stabbed to death early Thursday morning.
Police in Fresno are investigating the death of KC Haggard as a homicide – the second such killing of a trans woman this week – as community members are calling her stabbing a “targeted attack”.
Haggard, 66, was walking north on Blackstone Avenue at 1.43am early Thursday morning, when a light-colored SUV pulled over and the car’s occupants began talking to her.
In a surveillance video supplied by Most Wanted Tattoo, a business across the street, Haggard can be seen speaking with both the passenger and driver of the vehicle.
Haggard was stabbed in the neck a few moments later, after she leaned closer to the open window of the passenger side of the vehicle, according to officials.
The footage shows the car speeding off after the victim, leaving Haggard holding her neck and trying to flag down passing vehicles, none of which stopped.
It’s unclear how long she waited until a passerby noticed she was bleeding and called an ambulance. She was immediately rushed to Community Regional medical center, where she was later pronounced dead.
“The way we seen it … it was cold-blooded murder,” Augie Rubio, owner of the tattoo shop, told Fresno news-station KSFN-TV shortly after the attack. “You didn’t have to, man – you could have just drove away.”