Transgender Man Assaulted in Vermont Homeless Encampment Dies of Injuries, Police Say

Hate-crime charges have not been ruled out in the death of Amos Beede, 38.

Beede, 38, succumbed to his injuries one week after falling victim to an alleged aggravated assault, according to a police statement.

Beede's initial prognosis was positive, with police suggesting he would make a quick recovery. But that did not prove to be the case. The possibility of a hate crime has not been ruled out because of Beede's transgender identification, police said.

It's unclear whether there are suspects in the case, and a call by ABC News requesting comment from lead Det. Jeff Beerworth of the Burlington Police Department was not immediately returned.

The bulk of violence against transgender people is focused on transgender women, according to the report, but some advocates of LGBT rights, like columnist Loree Cook-Daniels argue that violence against transgender is often underreported because of the lack of adequate media coverage on the subject.

That Beede was living in a homeless shelter at the time of his death highlights another obstacle facing transgender people living in America, according to the National Center for Transgender Equality, a nonprofit devoted to transgender rights.

"Homelessness is also a critical issue for transgender people; one in five transgender individuals have experienced homelessness at some point in their lives. Family rejection and discrimination and violence have contributed to a large number of transgender and other LGBQ-identified youth who are homeless in the United States – an estimated 20-40% of the more than 1.6 million homeless youth," the organization states on a page devoted to the subject of homelessness on their website.