A Phoenix mother is calling on police to investigate the murder of her child as a hate crime.
35-year-old Kandis Capri was gunned down last week, and the killer is still on the loose.
On Wednesday night, dozens of supporters and members of the transgender community held a vigil in downtown Phoenix.
They feel that the murder investigation is not getting the priority it deserves.
"I would say you killed a beautiful, loving person," said Adria Gaines.
Adria Gaines says her son lived his life as both Dedrick Gaines and Kandis Capri. She feels the fact that Kandis was black and transgender that it made her a target for violence.
Kandis was gunned down in the parking lot of a west Phoenix apartment complex where she had been staying. The motive for the shooting is unclear. However, police say that Kandis' car had been towed from the complex just minutes before the shooting. Kandis' mother says her purse and cell phone are still missing.
"As a trans woman of color, how am I gonna feel safe, the average lifetime of a trans woman of color is 35," said Monica Jones.
As the family awaits justice, Kandis' mother is calling for investigators to not only look at this case as a murder but as a hate crime.
"I want justice for my child, I want justice for the transgender community, I want people to realize that these are people," said Adria Gaines.
Witnesses say they saw a black male leave the shooting scene on foot. So far, no arrests have been made.
Phoenix Police need the publics help in solving this murder.
Anyone with information is asked to call Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.