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Sheriff: Silence is standing in the way of ‘Justice for Bree’

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BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. – Bree Black’s killer remains on the loose. Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony said the community can’t allow this and needs to speak up about what they witnessed the night she died.

Tony said the silence “has been harming this community.”

There was a street party with hundreds of revelers when shots were fired about 10:30 p.m., July 3, in the area of Northwest Third Avenue and Northwest 12th Street. Pompano Beach Fire Rescue personnel found the 27-year-old transgender woman dead at 244 NW 12 St.

Broward Sheriff’s Office homicide detectives have been asking the public for help for about a month. There was a $3,000 financial reward for information leading to an arrest in her murder. Tony said they haven’t received one tip.

On Wednesday, the Florida Sheriffs Association Criminal Apprehension Assistance Program (CAAP) announced it was offering an additional $5,000 reward in the case. Combined with the offering from Broward Crime Stoppers, that brings the total reward up to $8,000.

Black, also known as “NUK,” was the 21st known violent death of a transgender or gender non-conforming person this year in the U.S., according to the Human Rights Campaign.

The advocacy group reported the U.S. hasn’t had such a high number of these homicides at this point in the year since 2013 when volunteers started to track the murders.


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