NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – The NYPD is investigating the death of a transgender woman as a possible hate crime.
The victim, 21-year-old Islan Nettles, died Thursday night five days after she was attacked in Harlem, police said.
Nettles’ mother, sister and grandmother kept a bedside vigil at the hospital before agreeing to end life support, CBS 2’s Tony Aiello reported.
“We all held hands. All of us around him, holding hands, the whole family,” said Sarah Davis, Nettles’ grandmother. “We’re going to miss him.”
Nettles and a friend, another transgender woman, were out Saturday evening in Harlem when they ran into a group of men and one pounced, punching Nettles in the face, police said.