A transgender girl who was killed while being taken to a hospital for medical treatment has been identified by an FBI counterintelligence task force as an intelligence analyst who worked with the transgender community, The New York Times reported on Wednesday.
The FBI has opened an investigation into the death of 15-year-old Dejuan Smith after his body was found in a river near a local shopping center, according to the Times.
According to the newspaper, the Times reported that an unnamed intelligence analyst from the intelligence community “worked closely with the trans community” and was working on the transgender suicide prevention program at the time of Smith’s death.
The Times added that Smith was an “influential figure” who “had gained fame as a transgender artist” and who “also studied at the National Center for Transgender Equality.”
It is unclear whether the alleged transgender death was connected to the transgender activist who led the transgender-themed “Girl Guide to Suicide Prevention” program in Washington state.
Last year, Smith was shot and killed in her Washington home.
The Times reported at thetime that a female transgender activist led the “Girl Guides” program, which was a reference to a trans-themed organization that promotes suicide prevention.
The “Girl guides” were a reference, the newspaper added, to the organization that was founded by trans activist Brittany Packnett.