No one deserves to be killed for who they are. That is the message one Midlands family wants to send. 26-year-old Keshia Geter of Eastover, South Carolina, was shot dead at a Knights Inn on Boy Scout Road in Augusta, GA. Richmond County deputies say Geter, who was born Renqual Geter, died July 20. No motive has been released. While authorities are unsure whether this is a hate crime, what is clear is that “Transgender Lives Matter.”
According to the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law, transgender people are over four times more likely than cisgender people to experience violent victimization, including rape, sexual assault, and aggravated or simple assault. LGBTQ community leaders like Colleen Condon of the Alliance For Full Acceptance South Carolina say it demonstrates why passing a hate crime law should be a top priority after it failed to pass in SC in the 2022 General Assembly.
What Can Businesses Do to Combat the Violence?
Legal contributor Attorney Brian Mickelsen, an experienced wrongful death lawyer, has represented many families of those killed or injured by the actions or negligence of others. Mr. Mickelsen offered the following commentary on Georgia’s and South Carolina’s growing violence:
“There was a simple solution to preventing a tragedy like this – increase the motel’s security presence as well as the security presence in the parking lot. Install and monitor surveillance cameras. Request prior crime data. Maintain open lines of communication with local law enforcement. Enforce a criminal trespass list. Ensure adequate lighting.”
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