Pastor charged with the murder of transgender woman.

Pastor charged for killing transender woman
Pastor charged for killing transender woman

A Detroit pastor was charged Monday in the murder of a transgender woman, as authorities revealed that her gender status played a role in her fatal shooting.

Albert Weathers, 46, of Sterling Heights, was charged with murder in the death of Kelly Stough, 36, who was found dead on a Detroit street Friday.

Evidence about how Stough’s transgender status had a role will be presented in court, according to the Wayne County prosecutor’s office said. Spokeswoman Maria Miller declined to offer further comment.

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Dana Nessel, Michigan’s next attorney general, said the case reflects the “excessive brutality” faced by a member of Detroit’s transgender community.

Nessel is also president of Fair Michigan, a group committed to equal protection for gay, lesbian and transgender residents.

“You keep fighting, keep pushing and live your life. … Don’t let the world dictate how you should live,” Jessica Williams Stough, the victim’s mother, told a local TV station. “He was always a happy kid but bullied because of his tendencies.”

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A GoFundMe page has been created, in Kelly’s memory, to assist with funeral expenses. The campaign has raised more than $2,000 of its $4,000 goal.

Weathers was being held on $1 million bond for first-degree murder.

The Associated Press is the source of this story.

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