21 October 2010
Garden State Equality reports today that suspects have been identified, but not yet apprehended. Following is a copy of the GSE press release:
BREAKING NEWS: In New Jersey, Essex County Prosecutor Robert Laurino is holding a news conference saying his office has identified the suspects in the September 12, 2010 murder of Victoria Carmen White, a transgender woman, at her home in… Maplewood. The suspects are Marquis Foster of North Plainfield and Alrashim Chambers of Newark.
Prosecutor Laurino says the suspects have not been apprehended — that the authorities are still searching for them.
Garden State Equality announces it will give $2000 for information leading to the arrests of either of both of the suspects in Victoria Carmen White’s murder. Persons with information may contact Leslie Farber of Garden State Equality at Leslie.Farber@verizon.net or cell (201) 390-6303. Ms. Farber, a member of Garden State Equality’s Board of Directors, is an prominent attorney and herself a member of the transgender community.
Prosecutor Laurino also announced today the arrest of a suspect, John Staten, in the murder this past March of Arthur Downey, also at his home in Maplewood.
Statement of Garden State Equality Chair Steven Goldstein, cell (917) 449-8918:
"Violence against the LGBT community across America and across our own New Jersey is an epidemic that must shock the conscience of every one in our society. And no community has suffered more violence than our transgender brothers and sisters. Authorities must find the suspects in the murder case of Victoria Carmen White, and today we at Garden State Equality announce that we are offering $2,000 for information leading to their arrest.
"We thank Essex County Prosecutor Robert Laurino and his entire team for taking seriously Garden State Equality’s calls to investigate hate crimes motives in violent crimes against LGBT people, including in the murder cases of Victoria Carmen White and John Staten. We are pleased that Prosecutor Laurino has referred both cases to his bias crimes unit.
"Garden State Equality will stay on top of these cases. Enough is enough. Living in safety is a fundamental human right of us all."
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