Transgender killer smirks at relative of Portland cab driver she stabbed in ... trends now

Transgender killer smirks at relative of Portland cab driver she stabbed in ... trends now
Transgender killer smirks at relative of Portland cab driver she stabbed in ... trends now

Transgender killer smirks at relative of Portland cab driver she stabbed in ... trends now

A transgender killer smirked at her victim's relatives and refused to apologize because her gender identity made her 'vulnerable', as she was sentenced to 22 years behind bars.

Moses Jacob Lopez, 30, brutally stabbed cab driver Reese McDowell Lawhon to death in his car in April 2023 with bladed brass knuckles after suffering a mental health episode while on a night out partying in Portland.

Lawhon had picked her up after a 911 operator suggested she call a cab home. Lopez senselessly stabbed him in the chest without provocation.  

At her sentencing on Wednesday, Lopez callously justified the murder by blaming a lack of mental health support and a system she saw as failing her.

'I refuse to apologize for the lack of help I so desperately needed and called and asked for from 911 services,' Lopez said, reports The Oregonian. 

Transgender killer Moses Jacob Lopez, 30, refused to apologize for stabbing a cab driver in the neck with bladed brass knuckles as she was sentenced to 22-years in prison on Wednesday

Transgender killer Moses Jacob Lopez, 30, refused to apologize for stabbing a cab driver in the neck with bladed brass knuckles as she was sentenced to 22-years in prison on Wednesday 

Reese McDowell Lawhon (center) picked up Lopez in his cab in April 2023, and the two had an almost entirely silent ride until she stabbed him in the neck 'out of the blue'

Reese McDowell Lawhon (center) picked up Lopez in his cab in April 2023, and the two had an almost entirely silent ride until she stabbed him in the neck 'out of the blue' 

Cops pronounced Lawhon dead at the scene after his cab was found stopped in traffic at around 7pm on April 9, 2023, in an unprovoked attack

Cops pronounced Lawhon dead at the scene after his cab was found stopped in traffic at around 7pm on April 9, 2023, in an unprovoked attack 

Lopez was initially charged with murdering Lawhon, but later accepted a plea deal that will see her serve only 22-years in prison for manslaughter.

Her victim's family reacted with outrage at the reduced charges, telling Lopez at her sentencing that she will 'always be a monster.'

On the night of Lawhon killing, Lopez had been out partying in downtown Portland, but suffered a mental health breakdown and called 911 for a ride home.

The 911 operator instead suggested she call a cab and pay for a ride home.

After calling Radio Cab, static on the taxi dispatcher's line led them to enter the wrong address.

'I ended up in a very scary part of town where I was genuinely afraid,' Lopez said at her sentencing, claiming her gender identity leaves her often feeling targeted. 

Surveillance footage from inside the cab showed the trip was almost entirely silent, until Lawhon realized the mistake and tried to turn around under a highway overpass.

At that moment, Lopez lunged forward and stabbed Lawhon in the neck 'completely out of the blue', detectives said. 

Police were called to the scene shortly before 7pm after motorists reported the cab stopped in the middle of traffic, and officers found the driver slumped over his steering wheel.

He had been stabbed in the neck and was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Lopez was quickly apprehended by cops in the nearby area, and paramedics said she was seen exiting the cab covered in blood, and dropped a pair of brass knuckles with an attached blade to the ground.

After her arrest, Lopez said she was having a mental health crisis and that was the reason for calling 911 for help - a narrative she stuck to at her sentencing as she refused to apologize. 

However, those that knew Lawhon said he was a 'kind soul', and would have certainly helped her if she had told him she was struggling.

Lawhon's loved ones said he certainly would have helped Lopez if she told him she was struggling, as he was described as 'an exceptional person with time for everyone'

Lawhon's loved ones said he certainly would have helped Lopez if she told him she was struggling, as he was described as 'an exceptional person with time for everyone'

Lopez sparked outrage at her sentencing as she smirked at her victim's relatives when they branded her a 'monster'

Lopez sparked outrage at her sentencing as she smirked at her victim's relatives when they branded her a 'monster' 

His former colleague Darin Campbell told KPTV: 'She never once said a single word in that cab ride. If she would’ve said to Reese, ‘I

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