Second Man Charged With Killing Transgender Woman Deeniquia Dodds

A second man has been charged in the killing of a 22-year-old transgender woman in D.C. on July 4.

Jalonte Little, 26, was arrested Monday in the death of Deeniquia Dodds. Little, of Southeast D.C., was charged with first degree felony murder while armed, D.C. police said. 

A first man, Shareem Hall, 22, was arrested Thursday, Interim Police Chief Peter Newsham announced at a news conference.

"In all likelihood, we believe the motive in this case was robbery," he said.

Dodds, known to loved ones as Dee Dee, was shot just a few blocks from home, on the 200 block of Division Avenue NE, police said. She was pronounced dead July 13. 

"Her murder reminds us all of how often the transgender community is targeted for violence in our society," LGBT activist Earline Budd previously said in a statement.

Hall, of District Heights, Maryland, was charged with murder while armed. Hate crime charges and an enhanced penalty will be "a serious consideration," Newsham said. No information was available immediately on whether Little also may face hate crime charges. 

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Dodds was "a beautiful person," according to Joeann Lewis, who raised her.

"Loved to make you laugh. Loved to make you smile," she previously told News4.

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