Denzell Thomas, 22, indicted for the death of Jazz Alford, 30-year-old black trans woman

Denzell Thomas, 22, indicted for the death of Jazz Alford, 30-year-old black trans woman
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Twenty-two-year-old Denzell Thomas has been indicted for the September shooting death of Jazz Alford, a 30-year-old black transgender woman, AL.com reported. Thomas also faces charges for shooting another transgender woman. Alford was killed at Kings Inn in Birmingham, Alabama. 

Thomas was indicted on May 5, though that only became public this week. He is charged with murder for the death of Jazz Alford as well as attempted murder and first-degree robbery in a separate shooting. 

According to AL.com, Alford was on her way to visit her sister, Toya Milan, who is also transgender, when car trouble forced her to stop in Birmingham. Milan said Alford was also a sex worker and believes that may have played a part in her death. Housekeeping staff found Alford on the floor, dead after being shot multiple times. 

Jazz worked as a reservation agent at U.S. Airways, according to a friend who spoke to Mic. She traveled frequently and loved to visit Philadelphia and Atlanta. According to her brother, she was very spiritual and loved to sing. 

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Mathew Rodriguez

Mathew Rodriguez is a Staff Writer at Mic. He is a queer Latino New Yorker who enjoys female rappers, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Flannery O'Connor. He is a former editor at TheBody.com and he is working on a memoir.

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