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Four transgender women murdered in Dallas, TX - Serial killer? *ARREST*

Discussion in 'Crimes' started by SheWhoMustNotBeNamed, Jun 9, 2019.

  1. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Chynal Lindsey: Body of fourth transgender woman discovered in Dallas amid serial killer fears


    An African American transgender woman has been found dead in Dallas, causing concern among officials as police investigate a string of similar killings in the Texan city.

    Chynal Lindsey’s body was pulled from White Rock lake on Saturday evening. A police spokesperson said it bore ”obvious signs of homicidal violence”.

    “We are concerned,” Renee Hall, the city’s police chief said.

    “And we are actively and aggressively investigating this case.”

    Dallas police had been investigating three similar deaths prior to the 26-year-old’s murder. All the victims are thought to be African-American transgender women.

    “Although these cases are not directly related at this time, they do bear some similarities that the public should be made aware,” a police spokesperson said on 20 May.

    Detectives discovered the remains of a black transgender woman in a field in July 2017.

    The deceased’s cause of death was never determined.

    A second woman, Brittany White, was shot to death in a vehicle in the city’s southeast in October 2018.

    Muhlaysia Booker, a third transgender woman, was killed last month in Dallas, after being filmed being brutally beaten in a separate attack.

    Police were already investigating whether Booker and White’s deaths were linked, before the fourth body was discovered.

    On Monday the Dallas police department said it had requested FBI assistance for its investigation.

    A fifth black transgender woman was stabbed multiple times in the North Texas city and left for dead in April 2019, detectives said.

    “Fortunately, the victim in this case survived her attack and provided detectives with a description of the suspect,” a spokesperson said.

    “The detectives are working diligently to determine if there are any connections to the other investigations.”

    Ms Hall was asked if a serial killer could be hunting black transgender woman in Dallas at a press conference on Monday.

    “Right now we don’t have the evidence to substantiate that,” she said.

    “But what we are asking each and every one of our community members is to stay vigilant, to make sure you are aware of your surroundings, make sure your friends and family members know who you are with at all times and let individuals know where you are going.”

    An FBI spokesperson said the agency was “prepared to assist” the investigation, if a potential civil rights violation was uncovered.


    ‘We are concerned’: Dallas police ask for FBI help after third transgender woman killed

    A passerby found her body Saturday evening floating in White Rock Lake, an urban preserve dotted with sailboats and kayaks in northeastern Dallas. With a thunderstorm bearing down, a game warden scrambled to pull out the corpse before it could sink beneath the wind-whipped waves.

    On Monday, Dallas police identified her as Chynal Lindsey, 26, and said they’re investigating the death as a homicide, making her the latest transgender woman slain in a city where violence against that population has reached frightening proportions.

    With at least two other transgender women killed since October — including Muhlaysia Booker, whose death drew national headlines last month — and another stabbed nearly to death, Dallas police have now asked the FBI for help.

    “We are concerned,” Dallas Police Chief U. Reneé Hall told reporters Monday. “We are actively and aggressively investigating this case, and we have reached out to our federal partners to assist in these efforts.”

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  2. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Shade Schuler, murdered July 2015 / Brittany White, murdered October 2018
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    Muhlaysia Booker, murdered May 2019

    Chynal Lindsey, murdered June 2019
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  3. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member


    July 29, 2015 - Shade Schuler, 22, is found dead in a field in the 5600 block of Riverside Drive with a gunshot wound.

    August 10, 2015 - Cops say they are investigating a homicide in Schuler's case.

    October 21, 2018 - Cops respond to an unconscious Brittany White, 29, found shot in a vehicle parked by an elementary school near 7100 Gayglen Drive.

    April 2019 - An anonymous trans female survives after being stabbed and left for dead.

    April 14, 2019 - Muhlaysia Booker, 23, is attacked after an apparently minor traffic accident outside the Royal Crest Apartments.

    April 16, 2019 - Edward Dominic Thomas, 29, is detained and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

    May 18, 2019 – Booker is found dead, face down in a field on Valley Glen Drive near Ferguson Road

    June 1, 2019 - A game warden pulls Chynal Lindsey's body from White Rock Lake on the 4100 block of West Lawther Drive.

    June 3, 2019 - Dallas Police say there are 'obvious signs of homicidal violence', are 'aggressively investigating' and 'concerned'.

    FBI will look into whether the murder constitutes a hate crime and will assist if evidence of a potential civil rights violation comes to light.

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  4. ima.grandma

    ima.grandma Believer of Miracles

    Black trans women face high levels of violence in America and abroad, and this year has seen an especially startling trend. Chanel Scurlock is the ninth black trans woman killed this year in the U.S., the Advocate reported, and the fifth to be murdered in the last month alone.
    Police found Scurlock's body in a field in Lumberton, North Carolina shortly after midnight Wednesday, the Advocate reports. She had suffered fatal gunshot wounds.

    The circumstances leading to Scurlock's murder are fuzzy. Scurlock's mother Brenda told WRAL that there had been a Facebook page featuring images and videos of Scurlock in women's clothes, and that Scurlock had left Tuesday night to meet with a person who had taken down that Facebook page. It's unclear who this person is, what the nature of the Facebook page was, why it was taken down, or why Scurlock was meeting with them. Nevertheless, Brenda told WRAL that she saw it as a "red flag" that this person took down the Facebook page.

    As of this writing, nine black transgender women have been murdered in the U.S. since the beginning of 2019, according to the Advocate: Dana Martin, Jazzaline Ware, Ashanti Carmon, Claire Legato, Muhlaysia Booker, Tamika Washington, Cynal Lindsey, Paris Cameron, and Scurlock. The latter five were killed in one 30-day timespan.

    Trans women of all races face disproportionately high levels of violence: According to the Human Rights Campaign, trans women are 4.3 times more likely to be murdered than their cis counterparts. Murders of trans people often don't end in an arrest; since 2014, only 42% of cases involving trans murder victims resulted in an arrest, compared with 61% of cases involving murder across the general public, according to FBI data culled by Vice News.

    Black trans women in particular are at an even higher risk. In every year that the Advocate has tracked, the majority of trans murder victims were women of color. This doesn't match up with the general demographics of trans people, as a 2016 study by UCLA's Williams Institute found that the majority of people who identify as trans are white.
    Black trans women] understand that because of who they are, they might die before their parents," Carmarion Anderson, executive director of Black Transwomen Inc., told Vice News. "That’s the reality of being black and trans in America. The fear is part of the everyday existence for these folks.”

    Compounding matters is the fact that news agencies often misgender or deadname trans murder victims, as was the case with local reports on Scurlock's murder. This sometimes happens in police reports as well; in addition to being disrespectful, many activists say that this results in an underreporting of trans murder rates.

    Robeson County Sheriff Burnis Wilkins said that his office's detectives "are currently working diligently to bring closure to a grieving family,” according to The Robesonian.

    "This cowardly act has to be addressed and a person or persons will be held accountable and brought to justice," Wilkins said.
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  5. ima.grandma

    ima.grandma Believer of Miracles

    Transgender rights activists hold pictures of transgender women who were killed, Muhlaysia Booker in Dallas, Claire Legato in Cleveland, and Michelle Washington in Philadelphia, during a protest last month at Washington Square Park in New York.

    Blogger Monica Roberts writes a variation of the same headline over and over again. “Number 3- Rest in Power and Peace Muhlaysia Booker.”

    She is often the first person to report a transgender murder in the United States on her blog Transgriot, in which she has documented violence against the LGBTQ community for the last five years.

    But the death of Muhlaysia Booker, 23, in Dallas on May 18 felt different. It was personal, occurring in Roberts’ home state and just three weeks after Booker survived a brutal mob beating.

    “Now she's dead and her family is now planning her funeral,” wrote Roberts, who drove 262 miles from Houston to Dallas to attend the funeral of the woman she had never met.

    Muhlaysia Bookervia Facebook
    Less than a week later, Dallas police pulled the body of Chynal Lindsey, 26, another black transgender woman, out of White Rock Lake in northeast Dallas. Police offered few details about what happened but said her body showed signs of “homicidal violence.”

    Lindsey was the seventh of eight transgender murder victims this year across the U.S. and the fifth in Dallas in four years. In addition to Lindsey and Booker, Brittany White, 29, was found dead in a car last October, Karla Patricia Flores-Pavon, 26, was strangled in May 2018, and Shade Schuler, 22, was gunned down in a field in 2015. In April, an unidentified 26-year-old transgender woman survived a stabbing in south Dallas.

    “At this point, we’ve gotten beyond being sad about it,” Roberts said. “We’re angry here in Texas. We’re angry across the entire state.”

    The killings come as a wave of anti-transgender violence rattles LGBTQ communities around the country. In Chicago, seven transgender people have been killed in the last four years; in Louisiana, the Human Rights Campaign has tracked 10 transgender murders since 2013; and in Jacksonville, Florida, three transgender women were slain last year.

    Chynal Lindsey was among the black transgender women killed recently in Dallas.Dallas Police Dept.
    In Dallas, many in the black LGBTQ community fear a serial killer is targeting black transgender women. Dallas police say they don’t have reason to believe the slayings were committed by a serial killer, but they took the unusual step of asking the FBI to assist in investigating Lindsey's and Booker’s murders.

    Police Chief U. Reneé Hall has asked residents to come forward with any information they might have about the killings.

    “We are concerned,” Hall said at a news conference June 1. “We are actively and aggressively investigating this case, and we reached out to our federal partners to assist us in these efforts.”

    Police have charged a suspect, Edward Thomas, 29, with assaulting Booker in April outside an apartment complex south of downtown after a minor traffic accident. Investigators are looking for other suspects in the beating and have not connected Thomas to Booker’s murder.

    Kirk Myers, chief executive officer of Abounding Prosperity, a black LGBTQ organization in Dallas, said those living outside the city’s wealthy, white gay enclaves are easier targets for predators.

    “There is this perception that black trans lives or black lives are not as valuable as others,” he said.

    A 2019 report by the National Center for Transgender Equality found that 58 percent of transgender people reported abuse or harassment from police in the last year. Financial hardship remains a major risk factor for transgender people, experts say.

    The 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey found transgender people are three times more likely than the general population to be unemployed and that 38 percent of black transgender Americans are living in poverty.

    Lacking employment options and sometimes facing high medical costs for transition-related health care, many transgender people turn to sex work for survival, LGBTQ advocates say. The National Center for Transgender Equality reported in 2015 that almost 40 percent of the 6,400 black transgender people interviewed said they were engaged in sex work.
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  6. ima.grandma

    ima.grandma Believer of Miracles

    Last Saturday a young transgender woman's body was found in a lake in Dallas, Texas. The police identified her as 26-year-old Chynal Lindsey shortly afterwards.

    It was later confirmed that Ms Lindsey had been killed - city police chief U Reneé Hall told reporters two days later that her body had exhibited "obvious signs of homicidal violence".

    Such killings are not uncommon. Ms Lindsey was the second black trans woman in Dallas to be killed within the last three weeks, and the third over the past year.

    Asked whether it was possible a serial killer was targeting these women, Ms Reneé Hall said that "right now, we don't have the evidence to substantiate that", but urged members of the trans community to "stay vigilant". Because of the scale of the problem, she added, the department has asked the FBI for assistance.

    Whether or not a serial killer is behind the attacks, Chynal's death has highlighted an insidious truth - that trans women of colour in the US are disproportionately at risk of being killed.

    The victims
    On 18 May, 23-year-old trans woman Muhlaysia Booker was found dead on a street near a golf course in Dallas, having been fatally shot. Her death came a month after a group of men attacked her, filmed it, and posted the footage on social media.

    In October last year the body of Brittany White, 29, was found in a parked car in the city, with fatal gunshot wounds.

    [​IMG]Image copyrightFACEBOOK
    Image captionMuhlaysia Booker was killed last month, just weeks after being assaulted
    Two earlier deaths of trans women of colour in Dallas have yet to be solved, too - that of Shade Schuler in 2015, and of an unidentified trans woman in 2017, who was found in the same lake as Chynal.

    And a non-fatal attack in April this year, in which a trans woman survived being repeatedly stabbed and left for dead, is also being investigated by Dallas police.

    'An epidemic of violence'
    According to Human Rights Campaign (HRC), an LGBTQI+ civil rights group, it's not just a Dallas issue - it's a problem across the US. Across the country, 82% of the transgender people killed last year were women of colour.

    The Trans Murder Monitoring project says that in the decade between January 2008 and September 2018, a total of 2,982 trans people were killed worldwide.

    "There is an epidemic of violence that is targeting the transgender community, particularly transgender women of colour, here in the United States," Sarah McBride, from HRC, tells the BBC.

    "Transgender women of colour already face disproportionate rates of discrimination, of poverty, of homelessness - all factors that contribute to being at greater risk of violence. We know that when transphobia mixes with misogyny and racism, the consequences can oftentimes be deadly.

    And this can start at a young age, she adds, when many trans people are rejected by their families or face instability at home - which has a knock-on effect into adulthood, both socially and economically.

    However, as widespread as the problem is, HRC's statistics do show that more than half (55%) of the trans women reported to have been killed in the US last year lived in southern states.

    This, Ms McBride says, is likely to be because "while social acceptance of LGBTQ people and equality continues to move forward across the United States, there are some regions of the country that struggle more with social acceptance than others".

    "LGBTQ people throughout the south lack clear state-wide protections from discrimination - and while many of those cities have those protections, the lack of statewide protections can put transgender people at greater risk of violence," she adds.

    An incomplete picture
    But Ms McBride warns that the numbers that are publicly available may not tell the whole story, because of inconsistencies in how the deaths of trans women are recorded by police.

    There is no federal obligation for police to record attacks as hate crimes, for example, which can obscure the nature of many of the killings.

    In some states, victims are also often misgendered. For example in 2015, Dallas Police released police appeals "dead-naming" Shade Schuler - that is, using her birth name - along with images of her presenting as the gender she was assigned at birth, and referring to her as a male. Her death is still unsolved.

    This is still happening too often, Ms McBride says - something that "can undermine the trust that the trans community has with local law enforcement".
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  7. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Dallas Police Investigate Another Transgender Woman’s Death After String of Murders

    A string of deadly attacks on black transgender women here—with two killed since April—has captured national attention and left the trans community on edge.

    Now The Daily Beast has learned that authorities are also investigating the 2017 death of a black transgender woman named Armani Dante Morgan. Police have not said Morgan’s death is related to the other cases—but her family is demanding equal treatment from investigators.

    “I want the Dallas Police Department to actually start pursuing Armani’s death like they are the other cases,” Robin Johnson, Morgan’s aunt, told The Daily Beast. “I get it, [her] case is gonna be a tough case to solve because it was only skeletal remains that were found… but they have been trying to give up on this case since day one.”

    Morgan’s remains were found in a field on the city’s east side in July 2017. Police initially told the family they suspected the 27-year-old died of an overdose, according to Johnson. Now, police have said her death is an “open investigation.” The medical examiner’s report said the cause of death was “undetermined” due in large part to the fact that only Morgan’s skeletal remains were recovered.

    “We have not ruled out criminal conduct, however there is insufficient information thus far to indicate that her death was the result of a criminal act,” a police spokesperson told The Daily Beast.

    Johnson said the family immediately suspected she was killed, because she was attacked four times—including once by gunfire—in the days preceding her death.

    “All of the…[recent] transgender deaths and assaults have gotten the media attention that those cases deserve but unfortunately, Armani’s did not receive any media attention at all at the time Armani’s badly decomposed remains were unexpectedly discovered,” Johnson told The Daily Beast.

    After Morgan died, four other women were attacked in cases that remain unsolved, and three of them died. Police said there are “similarities” between three of the attacks: All were black trans women who were in vehicles with someone else before they were attacked.

    Transgender activists and advocates held a private meeting Wednesday night and a public one on Thursday to discuss how to help trans women, especially those of color, and make them aware of resources and allies that support them. A march was held Sunday demanding justice for the trans community, which has seen at least nine black trans women murdered across the country so far this year.

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  8. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    What the heck is going on? I hope women are fully aware of what's going on and are taking precautions.
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  9. ima.grandma

    ima.grandma Believer of Miracles

    A 33-year-old man has been arrested in the slayings of three women in Dallas, including a transgender woman whose death brought nationwide attention, police said Wednesday.

    Kendrell Lavar Lyles has been charged with three counts of murder in the deaths, including last month's slaying of 23-year-old transgender woman Muhlaysia Booker, Dallas police Maj. Max Geron said.

    Lyles was being held without bond in the Collin County Jail in McKinney. He has no attorney yet to speak for him.

    Her story reveals a nationwide problem

    The June 5 arrest came after tips from the public led police to Lyles as the suspect in the deaths of two women in the Collin County section of north Dallas, Geron said. Authorities haven't disclosed the names of those victims, but further investigation led them to the Booker slaying in Dallas County, southeast of downtown Dallas.

    Detectives found that Lyles' car matched the description of the one witnesses reported seeing Booker enter on May 18, the night she was later found dead, Geron told reporters.

    "We don't know the motive (for the slayings) at this point," Geron said. "We know that the meeting for one (Collin County) murder was, according to the witness, to engage in a drug transaction. The reason for the shooting is still unknown at this point."

    Lyles also is being investigated in the death of 26-year-old transgender woman Chynal Lindsey, whose body was found June 1 in White Rock Lake in Dallas, Geron said.

    Even before Lindsey was found dead, police officials had said they were investigating a possible connection between the shooting deaths of Booker and another transgender woman, 29-year-old Brittany White, as well as the nonfatal stabbing of a third transgender woman.

    Detectives continue to investigate the White slaying last October, Geron said.

    Booker's death came a month after a cellphone video showed her being brutally beaten in a separate incident. Police have said that no evidence was found to link Booker's death to her April 12 beating following a minor traffic accident.

    According to a police affidavit, the other driver involved in the accident had a gun and refused to let Booker leave until she paid for the damage to his vehicle. A crowd gathered and someone offered a man $200 to beat the woman. Other men also struck her, while one stomped on her head. Booker suffered a concussion, fractured wrist and other injuries, police said.

    Video of the attack, which was shared on social media, showed Booker being beaten as the crowd hollered and watched. Edward Thomas, 29, was arrested and jailed on an aggravated assault charge.

    Thomas' attorneys have issued a statement saying Thomas wasn't involved in Booker's death and sending condolences to her family.
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  10. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    I'm so glad they caught him!
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