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Police Investigate Transgender Woman's Death In Possible Hate Crime

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Police are investigating a possible hate crime that they say led to the death of a transgender woman.

Police say the incident happened Saturday night at around 11 p.m. near 148th Street and Eighth Avenue in Harlem.

Police say 21-year-old Islan Nettles was out with a friend, another transgendered woman, when they met a group of boys.

According to police, the argument took place after the suspect learned that Nettles was not born a female.

Police allege that the suspect yelled anti-gay remarks, and then punches were thrown, according to police.

Nettles' friend allegedly told investigators that when she ran away to get help, the suspect was on top of Nettles, punching her in the face.

The alleged incident happened across from a police precinct.

Police told NY1 at approximately 6:45 p.m. Thursday that the victim died.

The victim was initially conscious when taken to the hospital but later fell into a coma and was declared brain dead.

The NYPD previously said that the victim was on a ventilator at the request of the family so that loved ones could pay their respects.

Police have arrested a 20-year-old man in connection with the case, but they have not released that person's identity pending an upgrade of the charges.

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