Transgender woman found dead in Rikers cell; rally planned as family, activists demand answers
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Layleen Polanco

via WPIX:

NEW YORK CITY -- (WPIX) -— A transgender woman's death on Rikers Island is leading to calls for an investigation and a rally planned for Monday in lower Manhattan.

Layleen Polanco, 27, was found dead in her cell Friday afternoon at Rikers' jail for female inmates, the Rose M. Singer Center, according to officials.

The NYC Department of Correction said on Twitter Saturday that they are investigating the "tragic death" and that they "take this matter extremely seriously."

"We have so far determined the death was not the result of violence or foul play," the DOC's tweet reads.

FULL STORY: Transgender woman found dead in Rikers cell; rally planned as family, activists demand answers - WPIX

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