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A Milwaukee man has been apprehended for the shooting death of a Black transgender advocate.
Clayton Hubbird, 31, is charged with first-degree reckless homicide and use of a dangerous weapon for the Aug. 29 murder of Regina ‘Mya’ Allen, 35, according to a criminal complaint obtained by People. Court records reviewed by Oxygen.com show a warrant was issued for Hubbird’s arrest on Sept. 6, though, for unknown reasons, he wasn't apprehended until Sunday.
Allen was seen entering the suspect’s Chevy Tahoe after a few minutes of conversation, after which he drove the less than two miles south to her apartment by 26th and Wells.
A witness reported seeing Allen and the suspect in an argument after Allen exited the SUV in front of the apartment complex, according to People.
“[The witness] stated that the victim walked towards the grassy area near the sidewalk, where the victim appeared to turn back in the direction of the SUV,” according to the complaint. “[The witness] states that he thinks the SUV passenger side window was down.”
The witness told police they heard Allen make “a loud statement” toward the suspect before hearing the sound of a gun, followed by the SUV driving away “at a normal rate of speed.”
“I’m shot,” witnesses heard Allen scream.
Despite her injuries, Allen called 911 shortly after 2:00 a.m. to report the attack, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. She identified the suspect as a white male in his 30s with brown hair and gave a detailed description of his vehicle, equipped with a child’s car seat.
Allen spoke with the officers who responded to the scene, explaining that she met the suspect at the gas station.
She was transported to an area hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries.
Investigators linked Hubbird to the shooting after tracing the suspect’s license plate, which was captured on the surveillance footage from the gas station. According to the Journal-Sentinel, police traced the SUV to Hubbird’s sister's Wauwatosa residence, where police reportedly recovered a “significant amount” of ammunition and firearm magazines in Hubbird’s room.
Court records reviewed by Oxygen.com show Hubbird currently holds a Milwaukee address.
A possible motive for the slaying has not been revealed, though Allen’s mother, Andrea Allen, told the Journal-Sentinel she believed it was a hate crime.
“Regina was a human being,” she told the outlet. “That was my daughter.”
Advocates, including the Human Rights Campaign, have listed Allen as the 29th reported homicide of transgender and nonconforming individuals in 2022 so far. According to their statement, Allen was just weeks shy of her 36th birthday and worked as an advocate for SHEBA (Sisters Helping Each Other Battle Adversity), a support group for Black transgender women.
The HRC stated Allen was a Christian who loved posting selfies on social media and was a fan of professional basketball and football.
Tori Cooper, the HRC’s Director of Community Engagement for the Transgender Justice Initiative, highlighted the impact Allen’s life — and death — had on the LGBTQ+ community.
“Mya was a beloved and beautiful soul who served as an inspiration to younger transgender girls in her community. Mya should still be with us today, spreading her laughter and joy,” Cooper stated. “Instead, we are confronted yet again with the killing of a Black transgender woman who was simply living her life and living in her truth.
“Across the nation, we see violence and hatred against transgender people that is fueled by stigma,” Cooper continued. “People wanting to shame and harm us for the unthinkable crime of wanting to live our lives to the fullest. It must end.”
Court records show Clayton Hubbird made his first courtroom appearance by video on Sunday, where Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Jean Marie Kies set his bond at $250,000. He is expected to appear for a preliminary hearing on Oct. 11.
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