LA City Council Approves Reward Motion in Hit and Run Death of Transgender Woman in Hollywood

LA City Council Unanimously Approves Reward Motion in Hit and Run Death of Transgender Woman

The Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved a $50,000 reward motion to help assist police with solving a fatal hit and run case in Hollywood, Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell announced today.

Detectives with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) say Keymontae Mackenzie was struck and killed on September 27 when she stepped off the curb in the 6700 block of Santa Monica Boulevard, just east of Highland Avenue in Hollywood.

O'Farrell asked his colleagues for their support to help the LAPD generate leads.

“The T in LGBT is usually the segment of the population that is forgotten the most,” said O’Farrell. “As an openly gay Councilmember, I want to make sure the voice of the transgender community is heard and that someone is looking out for one of our own.”

Although Mackenzie’s drivers license lists him as a 22-year-old male, friends say he considered himself a transgender woman.

Albert Vasquez of Bienestar joined the Councilmember at City Hall today to urge the public to come forward with information. Vasquez is a social worker who first met Mackenzie as a client in the foster care program.

“For such a long time, a lot of the kids are dependent on the system,” said Vasquez. “Once they are out on the streets, they are left to fend for themselves.”

The Councilmember was also joined by Karina Samala, the Chair of the City’s Human Relations Transgender Working Group.

“They come out younger and younger and they end up on the streets,” said Samala. “it’s a big issue for our community.”

Investigators are looking for a light-colored, older model Ford Thunderbird. If you have any information that could help detectives, please call the LAPD West Traffic Division investigators at (213) 473-0234 or 1-800-222-TIPS.

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