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South L.A., Calif. (KTLA) — Police were investigating the death of a 21-year-old transgender woman who was gunned down while pounding on the front door of a Compton home seeking help, according to KTLA.

Deshawnda Sanchez, known as “Tata,” was shot around 4 a.m. Wednesday on the front porch of a home near Wilton Place and 62nd Street, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

“She was definitely at that door, pounding on that door seeking help,” LAPD Detective Christopher Barling said.

The occupant of the home came outside after hearing multiple gunshots but it was too late.

A neighbor’s surveillance camera captured part of the incident, which showed someone pulling up to the house in a vehicle, getting out and running up to the porch. The figure could then be seen running back to the vehicle and driving away, police said.

“The footage, it was heartbreaking,” said Diana Williams, the victim’s sister.

Detectives believe Sanchez was running away from a robber when she was shot, but said they were not ruling out other scenarios.

“Deshawnda is a transgender female,” Barling said. “At this point we cannot say it’s a hate crime but we have not ruled out that as being a possibility.”


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