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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

11 Black Transgender Women Have Been Murdered So Far This Year

Chynal Lindsey, Black transgender woman killed

Chynal Lindsey

Dallas, TX — 11 Black transgender women have been killed this year, and three in the city of Dallas. The latest was Chynal Lindsey, a 26-year old who was recently pulled from White Rock Lake in Texas, about a mile away from where the body of 23-year old Muhlaysia Booker, also a Black transgender woman, was found just two weeks prior. Local police have reached out to FBI to assist in the investigation of the alarming murders.

According to Police Chief U. Reneé Hall, Lindsey’s body was found to have “obvious signs of homicidal violence.” Two weeks before Lindsey’s murder, Booker was found shot to death about a month after she was brutally beaten by a mob in an unrelated incident.

“We know this is the second individual who is transgender who is deceased in our community and we are concerned. We are actively and aggressively investigating this case and we have reached out to our federal partners for assistance,” Hall said at a news conference, noting that the FBI will help determine if the murders were hate crime.

Maj. Vincent Weddington said that the department is investigating four other homicide cases where Black transgender women were killed — two this year, one from 2018, and one from 2015. He said investigators found similarities in the cases but they have not yet determined if they are connected.

Moreover, Hall said that there is no definitive evidence that a serial killer is targeting transgender women in Dallas but she asked the community to be vigilant.