Dispute Between Camps Preceded Fatal Beating
Police in Vermont say a dispute between separate homeless encampments preceded the fatal beating of a transgender man.
Burlington police say someone from one encampment smeared feces on the tent of someone from the other camp about 100 feet away. Amos Beede was then assaulted after he poured urine on the tent of one of his assailants.
Beede was assaulted May 23. He died May 28.
Police Chief Brandon del Pozo said Friday the crime showed "a lot of anger, rage, (and) commitment on the part of the perpetrators," but one of the suspects had a history of assaulting other homeless people. Police don't believe the fatal beating was related to Beede being transgender.
Burlington police identified the suspects as Erik Averill, Myia Barber, Allison Gee and Jordan Paul. They are being held in California pending extradition.
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