DC Police were looking for three suspects on Thursday who were filmed beating, stabbing and shouting anti-gay slurs at a transgender woman at a laundromat in the Northeast region.
“I want to cry, but I don’t want to cry now because I’m sick of crying”, Nysia Armstead, 31 Told WUSA9 during an interview in his apartment. The attack took place on Sunday and Armstead is upset that his attackers are still at large.
She said she felt “very stressed and mentally depressed. I don’t want to be sad. I don’t want to be with anyone.”
Armstead had to spend several days in hospital for his injuries and has just been released. “I was stabbed in the head, where I have 18 stitches here,” Armstead said. “And I have about 40 stitches in my right arm.”
Surveillance footage from the Capitol Laundry Mat on Benning Road, NE on Sunday night showed two women and a man shouting anti-gay slurs and attacking Armstead with their fists and a large pocket knife. WUSA9 deemed the footage too violent to be shown on television. Police are investigating as a hate crime.
“I think I was attacked for being transgender because they called me ‘f **** t’,” Armstead said. “She was walking around the laundry room calling me ‘f **** t’, kept calling me ‘f **** t’, I kept ignoring her.
Armstead said the altercation started as a disagreement over a washing machine. It escalated into an attack that ended with her curling up in a corner, bleeding profusely, with a knife to her head.
Armstead said he felt very vulnerable. “I feel really, really bad,” she told WUSA9. “It’s like every day I watch it, my life has almost been taken from me.”
The recent human rights campaign published statistics showing that by the end of May, 28 transgender and gender nonconforming people had been murdered. And most of them are black or Latin trans women, like Armstead.
In 2020, which was the year of the highest number of deaths since the HRC began tracking deaths, the HRC recorded 44 murders of transgender or gender nonconforming people. This means that 2021 is poised to be even more fatal to the trans community.
At least nine trans and gender nonconforming people were killed in May of this year alone, The American Independent reported.
“I’m alive, that’s the most important thing,” Almstead said.
News week contacted DC Police for comment.