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Transgender community reacts to new Bee Love homicide development

HENDRY COUNTY, Fla. — A development in the Bee Love homicide case from 2019 that could bring justice to her loved ones and even Southwest Florida’s transgender community as a whole.

The Hendry County Sheriff’s Office has received a tip on where a possible weapon may be found in connection with the homicide. If found, it could help prosecutors convict a man already charged with love murder.

Velvet Lenore, who works with transgender youth in the community, is an activist and Palm Beach County’s first transgender marshal, says this homicide is close to her.

“I actually went to his memorial, they got me talking,” Lenore said, thinking back to when it happened over three years ago. For more than eight hours, the Hendry County Sheriff and seven other agencies worked tirelessly in two different areas along Highway 27 in hopes of finding the weapon used in the heinous crime.

“Finally something is being done for us in the community,” Lenore said after hearing a lead on where the gun might be, “I feel like we’re being too overlooked, if they catch that person and sue them, that would be the best thing to do is send a message to everyone else so they don’t bother us.”

Lenore spoke at the Love Memorial and says she carries the impact with her to this day, which is why she continues to be an advocate for the transgender community so trans youth and adults know that they are loved.

Bee Love was 23 when investigators discovered the transgender woman’s badly burned body inside a vehicle in Clewiston in September 2019. Last December, prosecutors charged Marcus Thompson, a Moore Haven man, with first degree homicide, accessory after the fact and accessory to arson. afterwards.

The Hendry County Sheriff’s Office had to call off the search just after 4 p.m. Wednesday due to the thick vegetation they encountered, which stretched for about a mile and a half. and The crews will come and clear the vegetation before they can resume.