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Indigenous Trans woman missing three years- family believes hate crime

It has been nearly three years since she has last been seen, yet there are still no substantial leads in the search for Dameron

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GROVE, Ok. — An Indigenous trans woman went missing from a small Oklahoma town in 2019 — her family believes her disappearance resulted from a hate crime. 

News Nation Now reports that Aubrey Dameron, 25, was last seen leaving her family’s Grove, Oklahoma, home at 3:30 a.m. to meet an unnamed person in March of 2019. It has been nearly three years since she has last been seen, yet there are still no substantial leads in the search for Dameron.

The family, a part of the Cherokee Nation, believes her gender identity had something to do with her disappearance. According to the news network, the family said her transition was not received kindly in the small town.

“My immediate thought is that it’s a hate crime. That was my very first thing,” said Christian Fencer, her uncle.

“Being in Grove. It’s not really diverse whatsoever,” Fencer said. “There’s not really a lot of things that go on outside of the ordinary. And once there are, then it’s looked at as abnormal or weird or lacking, for lack of other words.”

Grove, which is approximately 90 miles outside of Tulsa, has a population of about 7,000 people.

According to the network, Fencer and Dameron are only six months apart in age and incredibly close. He said they were both bullied growing up with derogatory slurs and rocks.

Dameron’s aunt and uncle also believe her being trans has led to a slow police investigation into her disappearance. 

“We don’t think she’s a missing person. Uh, because she’s transgender,” her relatives recall being told by law enforcement.

Authorities — from Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation to the local sheriff’s office to the FBI — all either declined an interview or did not return phone calls made by News Nation.

For three years, the family has organized their own searches to no avail. 

“I believe that we will eventually get the answers that we received, we deserve,” Fencer said. “I believe that someone’s going to come forward, and the entire thing’s just gonna blow open.”

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Oklahoma schools begin requiring ‘biological sex’ affidavits for sports

The “Save Women’s Sports Act,” restricts transgender girls from playing on school sports teams that match their gender identity

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The state of Oklahoma began enforcement of the law Monday that requires sports teams in the state’s public schools and including colleges or universities be designated solely based on athletes’ “biological sex,” or sex assigned at birth.

Republican Governor Kevin Stitt in March signed into law Senate Bill 2, the “Save Women’s Sports Act,” which restricts transgender girls from playing on school sports teams that match their gender identity.

In early July, NBC Oklahoma City affiliate KFOR-TV reported that some school districts were beginning to distribute “biological sex affidavits” to student athletes to enforce the law.

An activist tweeted a picture of one school district’s affidavit:

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Oklahoma City township gay mayor resigns citing homophobic threats

In his letter of resignation, he wrote that some of the alleged harassment stemmed from an incident between himself and Nichols Hills police

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THE VILLAGE, Ok. – The openly Out gay Mayor of this enclave city of 9,564 residents, surrounded by Oklahoma’s capital city, sent a letter to its city manager Monday informing him that the Mayor was stepping down immediately.

According to now former Mayor Adam Graham in a tweet accompanying his letter of resignation, “For almost five years, I’ve proudly served The Village as Councilmember and Mayor. It’s been an honor to serve and it’s been my great privilege to break boundaries. I no longer feel safe to serve in my capacity here. It’s with a heavy-heart that I tender my resignation.”

In his letter Graham cited escalating homophobic threats including ones indicating violence, his property vandalized, and his discomfiture with the situation in the community.

The city’s largest daily newspaper, The Oklahoman, reported The Village City Manager Bruce Stone, to whom Graham’s letter was addressed, did not return The Oklahoman’s phone calls, but city officials confirmed via phone Monday that Graham had resigned.

In his letter of resignation, Graham wrote that some of the alleged harassment stemmed from an incident between himself and Nichols Hills police. Graham did not respond to the paper’s request for an interview.

Nichols Hills Police Chief Steven Cox told The Oklahoman he has not heard from Graham regarding the incident, which Cox said happened during a traffic stop initiated within Nichols Hills city limits. The vehicle being pulled over drove a few blocks before stopping in The Village city limits, Cox said.

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Multiple victims in shooting at Tulsa hospital; Gunman ‘Down,’ police say

Police say a man with a rifle entered a local hospital in Tulsa, Okla., and shot multiple people. The shooter is down.

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UPDATED from The Associated Press:

A man who blamed his surgeon for ongoing pain after a recent back surgery bought an AR-style rifle hours before opening fire at a Tulsa medical office, killing the surgeon and three other people before fatally shooting himself, police said Thursday.

Tulsa Police Chief Wendell Franklin says the gunman had recently undergone back surgery and had called a clinic repeatedly complaining of pain. Franklin says the doctor who performed the surgery, Dr. Preston Phillips, was killed Wednesday, along with another doctor, a receptionist and a patient.

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TULSA, Ok. – Four people were killed Wednesday afternoon after a shooting at a doctor’s office in Tulsa. A fifth person believed to be the suspect, died by suicide after a shooting at a medical complex a Tulsa Police Department spokesperson confirmed to multiple media outlets Wednesday evening.

Officers were called to the Natalie Building, located in the area of 61st Street and Yale Avenue, at St. Francis Hospital regarding a man armed with a rifle.

“This turned into an active shooter situation,” a Tulsa police captain said in a released statement.

“Officers are currently going through every room in the building checking for additional threats. We know there are multiple injuries, and potentially multiple casualties,” the spokesperson said.

KOTV-DT News 6 Tulsa reported that a representative from Governor Kevin Stitt’s office says he has talked with Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum to express his condolences and offer any state resources that may be needed.

The White House notified reporters that President Biden has been briefed on the shooting in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The White House is closely monitoring the situation and has reached out to state and local officials to offer support.

This is a developing story.

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