Vigil Tonight Marks Anniversary of Murdered Transgender Woman

Brandy Martell, 37, who worked at the Tri-City Health Center, was shot and killed while sitting in a car in downtown Oakland last year.

By Bay City News Service

A vigil is being held Monday in downtown Oakland on the anniversary of the slaying of a 37-year-old transgender woman who was sitting in her car socializing with friends when she was killed, vigil organizers said.

Brandy Martell was fatally shot April 29, 2012, in the 400 block of 13th Street in Oakland. Responding officers found Martell in a car and pronounced her dead.

Her murder remains unsolved.

Tiffany Woods, of Fremont's Tri-City Health Center, said she hired Martell and that the Hayward woman worked for the center until November 2011, when there was a funding cut and she was laid off.

Woods said Martell worked as a peer advocate for TransVision, a program within the health center that provides services for transgender people.

The Tri-City Health Center and TransVision will be holding the vigil from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Besides remembering her, they want to call attention to Martell's still unsolved murder and bring awareness to the continued violence against the transgender community.

The vigil will be held downtown at Franklin and 13th streets, near where she was killed.

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