PHILADELPHIA – The Office of LGBT Affairs released the following statement in response to the killing of a member of the city’s LGBTQ community—Mia Green, a Black transgender woman:

“On Monday, September 28, Philadelphia’s LGBTQ community lost another one of our siblings. While the details around Mia Green’s death are the subject of an ongoing investigation, we know that the loss of yet another trans community member of color is especially painful, no matter the circumstances.

“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. The countless painful losses experienced during this year alone—especially within our transgender communities of color— remind us that there is much work to be done in the pursuit of full equality, respect, and justice for us all.

“We remain committed to ensuring that acts of discrimination, bigotry, and hatred are never tolerated in the city of Philadelphia.

“The Office of LGBT Affairs, and the entire Kenney Administration, extend our deepest sympathies to Mia’s loved ones and all members of our LGBTQ community who have been impacted by this loss. The City’s Office of LGBT Affairs is here to connect anyone who may be in need to resources and support.”

Update from the Philadelphia Police Department: Abdullah lbn El-amin Jaamia has been arrested and charged with murder and related offenses.