A transgender man attacked at a homeless encampment in Burlington, Vermont, last week has died.
Amos Beede, 38, was found unconscious near the Barge Canal on Pine Street on May 22, with facial fractures, broken ribs and a subdural hematoma.
He was taken by police to the University of Vermont Medical Center, where his initial prognosis was good. Eventually, though, he succumbed to his injuries.
Beede had a tent at the encampment—it’s believed his attacker lived there, as well. Police hope to determine to what extent his being transgender was a motive for any attack.
“Could this be a bias incident? Yes, it’s on the table,” Burlington Police Lt. Shawn Burke told WPTZ. “Whether or not that bears on why this particular assault happened is yet to be determined.”
Burke also said Beede had been assaulted long before authorities had been called.
“I hope somebody would have some more information about this individual,” said the Pride Center of Vermont’s Dr. Kim Fountain.
“We would love to be able to reach out, to find support in any way we can, and that is going to be part of the planning this evening, is to find out ways the community can support this individual.”