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Transgender Woman Slain In Florida

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Bee Love of Clewiston was killed on Sept. 4. Investigators are asking if her gender identity was a motive in her death. /Photo from Facebook

Sheriff's deputies in Clewiston are investigating the slaying of a transgender woman whose body was found in her burning car.

Media reports say the Hendry County Sheriff's Office is investigating the Sept. 4 death of 23-year-old Bee Love Slater in Clewiston, a town location on the southwest side of Lake Okeechobee.

The Human Rights Campaign says Slater is at least the 18th transgender woman to be killed in 2019.

Capt. Susan Harrelle declined to tell the Palm Beach Post how Slater died, saying only the killer or a witness would know that.

She said detectives are investigating whether Slater's gender identity was a motive for the slaying.

Slater's friend Kenard Wade told WINK-TV that Slater had received threats the night she died and she wanted to leave the area to avoid trouble.