This year has seen a trend of transgender women being killed in Jacksonville, and Governor Rick Scott took some time during a campaign stop to address the matter.
Concerning the three transgender women that have been killed in recent months, Governor Scott said that “I just feel sorry for people. You hope that it would never happen.”
He noted that “I hate that these things happen. On the state level, we provide some funding for Jacksonville to deal with, you know, helping to reduce their crime. I know that Mayor Curry and Sheriff Williams both ran to focus on making this a safe place to live.”
Scott also added that “I always say there’s three primary jobs as Governor. You focus on how you make sure people get a job, how kids can get an education, and how you keep people safe.”
He concluded that “You hate when anything like this happens, and I hope whoever did it is caught and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
While Governor Scott was holding his campaign stop, Equality Florida held a media conference at Jacksonville’s City Hall. Gina Duncan, Equality Florida’s director of transgender policy, commented that “The transgender community in Jacksonville is frightened. They fear this could be a serial killer or orchestrated violence targeting the community. They do not feel protected on their own streets.”