4 suspects in transgender murder arrested in Ocean Beach

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SAN DIEGO -- Four suspects in the death of a transgender man in Vermont last month were in a San Diego jail, awaiting extradition.

Erik Averill, 21

Erik Averill, 21

Erik Averill, 21, Jordan Nathaniel Paul, 21, Myia Barber, 23, and Allison Elizabeth Gee, 24, were arrested around 7 p.m. Thursday in the vicinity of the 5100 block of Voltaire Street in Ocean Beach for their alleged roles in the fatal assault on Amos Beede, according to police in San Diego and Burlington, Vermont. All four were wanted on second degree murder warrants.

Jordan Paul, 21

Jordan Paul, 21

The 38-year-old victim was beaten at a homeless encampment May 22. He was taken to a hospital to be treated for head trauma, facial fractures, a subdural hematoma and broken ribs, and died Sunday from "complications from blunt force trauma to his brain,'' according to a statement from the Burlington Police Department.

Averill and Barber, both transients, were initially named "persons of interest in the case'' and arrest warrants were l

Myra Barber, 23

Myra Barber, 23

ater issued for them, Paul and Gee.

"Burlington Police detectives have developed probable cause to believe that four individuals, two men and two women, acted in concert to assault Amos Beede on May 22nd, 2016, resulting in his death on May 29th,'' according to the Burlington Police Department statement.

Allison Gee, 24

Allison Gee, 24

Burlington police contacted their local counterparts Thursday evening to help locate the four suspects, San Diego police Lt. Ray Valentin said.

A suspected motive was not immediately released, but investigators do not believe Beede's slaying was related to his gender identity, according to broadcast news reports.

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