Around 8 a.m. on Monday morning, police officers pulled El-Amin Jaamia over after he sped past a stop sign at 41st Street and Westminster Avenue in West Philadelphia.
El-Amin Jaamia claimed that his passenger, Mia Green, had been shot and he was rushing her to the hospital. Police escorted the vehicle to Penn-Presbyterian Medical Center, where 29-year-old Green died of a gunshot wound to her neck.
After police questioned El-Amin Jaamia about the events preceding Green’s death, they deemed him responsible for her murder. According to homicide Capt. Jason Smith, “his initial story made absolutely no sense to us, which raised our suspicions.”
Green, a known transgender woman, likely had a close relationship with her killer and potentially had an argument with him in the moments leading up to the shooting. Within Philadelphia, Green’s death is one of many instances of violence against transgender women of color.
In 2018, Shantee Tucker was killed in Hunting Park. In 2019, Michelle “Tamika” Washington was fatally shot in North Philly. In June of this year, Dominique “Rem’mie” Fells was beaten and stabbed to death. Her body was found in the Schuylkill River and her severed legs were discovered on land nearby.
Green’s murder pushes the number of documented fatal attacks against transgender or gender non-conforming individuals nationally in 2020 to at least 29. The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a civil rights organization that advocates for the LGBTQ+ community, states that, “we say at least because too often these stories go unreported — or misreported,” and that these attacks mostly target Black or Latinx women.
Philadelphia’s Office of LGBT Affairs released a statement on Tuesday reminding the public that, “this latest act of violence against a member of our community is a somber reminder of the epidemic of violence against trans individuals. It is a crisis that cannot be allowed to persist any further.”