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Transgender woman killed while knocking on door and seeking refuge from killer

By Mason White 3:34 PM December 8, 2014
Deshawnda Fub Sanchez 

By: Tanya Malhotra
(Scroll down for video) A family is looking for answers as to why their sibling was killed.

Deshawnda Fub Sanchez, known in the family as “Tata,” was found dead after knocking on a door seeking refuge from her attacker.

The 21-year-old victim who dressed as a woman, was shot dead on the porch of a home in Los Angeles, California, near the corner of South Wilton Place and West 62th Street around 4:00 a.m.

Surveillance video in the area captured the incident, and the Los Angeles Police Department is searching for the killer.

“She was definitely on that door for help,” LAPD Detective Christopher Barling said. Sanchez was knocking on the door when the suspect approached and shot her several times, police said.

The video shows a car racing towards the home and someone getting out of the car. That person shot the woman and ran back to the car and drove off.

Sanchez did not live in the area where she was murdered, her family said. They have no idea what she was doing in that area.

Police initially considered the attack a robbery, but have not ruled out the possibility that it was a hate crime.

Deshanda Bradley, who is the victim’s twin, refers to the victim as her brother and said that she will no longer be able to celebrate her birthday without her beloved twin brother.

Deshanda believes that her brother was killed as a hate crime. “My brother was killed when they found out that he was a dude,” she said.

Deshanda also said that her twin was going to college and “doing something with his life.”

Another sister of the victim, Keyoceon Williams, said: ”He did not come to this area for nothing, I want to know why, and I want to know who he knew there.”

So far, all those questions remain unanswered as police are looking for the killer and the getaway driver.