CRIME
12/05/2014 06:14 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Transgender Woman Deshawnda Bradley Shot To Death While Pounding On Door For Help

Deshawn Bradley

Los Angeles police on Friday were searching for the person who shot a transgender woman to death as she banged on the front door of a residence for help.

Deshawnda Bradley, 21, also known as Tata and Deshawnda Sanchez, was shot around 4 a.m. Wednesday, near Wilton Place and 62nd Street, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Police said they were investigating whether the killing was a hate crime.

"We don't know what happened," Bradley's twin sister, Deshawn Bradley, told The Huffington Post on Friday. "There has been so many stories -- mistaken identity or robbery gone wrong."

The slaying was captured, in part, by a surveillance camera. The video is said to show someone pull up to the house in a vehicle, get out and run to the porch, where Deshawnda Bradley was shot. The person then fled in the vehicle, police said. Police haven't released the video.

Authorities told HuffPost on Friday they hadn't named a suspect or person of interest.

In a Thursday interview with KTLA, Detective Christopher Barling said Deshawnda Bradley was attempting to get help when she was shot.

"She was definitely at that door, pounding on that door seeking help," Barling said.

Investigators haven't revealed a motive.

Bradley, a resident of Victorville, has family near where she was shot and may have intended to visit the morning of the shooting, according to her sister.

Deshawnda Bradley graduated high school in 2012 and had planned to attend cosmetology school, according to her sister. She had no known enemies.

"She was a loving caring person," Deshawn Bradley said. "She didn't bother nobody and didn't start drama. I don't know why anybody would want to hurt her."

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Deshawnda Bradley

Barling told KTLA that because the victim was transgender, detectives must consider the possibility that the shooting was a hate crime.

"Even though she was a transgender, that was no reason to take a person's life," said Deshawn Bradley. "That's what she wanted to be and that's what she was dressed like."

The crime is eerily similar to the Oct. 2 killing of Aniya Parker, a 46-year-old transgender woman who was shot during an apparent robbery in East Hollywood. The case remains unsolved, Colorlines.com reported.

"She was my other half," Deshawn Bradley said of her sister. "We were twins and I'm incomplete without her. I'll never get that back."

She added, "We just want justice. That's all we want. Nothing less, nothing more."

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Los Angeles Police Department at 213-485-4341. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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