A Year After Trans NYC Murder, Community On Edge

It really makes one (me) lose faith in the justice system when Justice’s wheels turn instantly for some and seemingly not at all for others. I hope someday Dolores Nettles finds the answers and justice her daughter deserves.

It’s been a year since Dolores Nettles rushed to the hospital and listened to her daughter’s heart beat for the last time. Since then, she has been waiting for the results of an investigation into her daughter’s death. Police say they’re on the case, but Nettles is skeptical. “What’s taking so long?” she asked. “I’m not really understanding what’s really going on.”

Nettles is the mother of Islan, the transgender woman who died on Aug. 17, 2013, after a group of men allegedly fought with her outside a police precinct in Harlem, a New York City neighborhood. The police initially brought assault charges against Paris Wilson, who allegedly delivered the blows that would eventually kill her. But authorities later dropped the charges, saying they intended to pursue the case as a homicide investigation.

At a court hearing last November, Assistant District Attorney Nicholas Viorst said the case “turned out to be a uniquely complex one.” A spokeswoman for the district attorney declined to comment on the open investigation. The Nettles family says it heard little from the investigators until a few week ago, when a representative from the district attorney’s office called with an update, and to assure Nettles that they were still pursuing leads.

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