In a surprise development, the medical examiner discovered that the victim of yesterday’s fatal shooting in Maplewood was a post-operative transgender female having undergone sex reassignment surgery. No word at this time as to whether this fact played a role in the murder, but we’ll keep you updated as we hear more.
Here’s the advisory from the County Prosecutor’s office:
Sept. 13, 2010
Newark – On Sunday, Sept. 12 at approximately 5 a.m. Victoria Carmen White, 28, of Newark was fatally shot at a private residence located at 159 Jacoby Street in Maplewood. Information released immediately following the shooting identified the victim as James White.
The victim’s legal name is Victoria Carmen White. Following an examination by the Medical Examiner and further investigation, it has been confirmed that the victim was a post-operative transgender female having undergone sex reassignment surgery. The victim’s birth certificate was legally changed to identify her as Victoria Carmen White.
The case is under active investigation. No other information is currently available.