Fifth Black Transgender Woman Killed Since May

A Black transgender woman was found dead in Dallas, Texas less than a month after another woman was killed in the same city.The Dallas Police Department said in a statement on Monday, June 3 that authorities responded to a call on June 1 at around 5:30 p.m. and that a body of a transgender woman was found in White Rock Lake at 4100 West Lawther Drive in Dallas. The body was identified as 26-year-old Chynal Lindsey.

During a press conference on Monday, Dallas Police Chief U. Reneé Hall told reporters that Lindsey was a victim of “homicidal violence.” She said the police department has called on the FBI for assistance in the case and has urged the community to come forward with any information they may have on the incident.

“We are concerned,” said Hall. “We are actively and aggressively investigating this case and we have reached out to our federal partners to assist us in these efforts.” LGBT activist Jessica Zyrie told The North Star that the news of Lindsey’s death is “very upsetting” and urged more organizations and people to speak up about the recent deaths.

“It’s very heartbreaking,” said Zyrie. “I really think it’s time for all of these organizations who are supportive of the LGBTQ community and organizations that care about the Black community to be speaking up on this.”

Lindsey is at least the eighth Black transgender woman who has been killed in the US in 2019, according to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC).“We see this phenomenon far too often, that violence will bubble up in a specific area or state each year,” said HRC National Press Secretary Sarah McBride in a statement. “There are concerns around contagion or a copycat effect each time a community witnesses a significant number of cases of anti-transgender violence.”

In May, the Dallas Police Department said that 23-year-old Muhlaysia Booker, 23, was shot and killed. A month before her death, Booker made national headlines after a three-minute video of her being attacked by several men went viral. One of the men, Edward Thomas, 29, was arrested for alleged aggravated assault. During a press conference in May, authorities said he was released and said no evidence connected April’s attack to Booker’s murder.

Monica Roberts, the media coordinator for the National Black Trans Advocacy Coalition, previously told The North Star that the coalition was angered by the news of Booker’s death. She criticized the Dallas Police Department for not finding the individuals who attacked Booker in April.

“It’s literally been a month since she’s been viciously attacked and they’re still trying to sort out this case. And now she’s dead,” Roberts previously said. Following the death of Booker, a transgender woman was killed in Philadelphia. Michelle “Tamika” Washington, 40, an advocate and mentor in the Philadelphia LGBTQ community, was shot on May 19, near the 3400 block of North 11th Street in North Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

Authorities said they arrested Troy Bailey, 28, and he was arraigned on murder and firearms-related charges, according to the publication. Homicide Captain Jason Smith told the publication the investigation is ongoing, but detectives said Washington's gender identity was not the motive for her killing.

On May 25, an unnamed Black transgender woman was killed during a shooting in Detroit, Michigan. Police told the Detroit Free Press that the 20-year-old woman was shot in the 3400 block of Devonshire and was taken to the hospital, where she died of her injuries.

In 2018, the HRC recorded that there were at least 26 deaths of transgender people and noted that most of the targeted victims were Black transgender women. “While the details of these cases differ, it is clear that fatal violence disproportionately affects transgender women of color, and that the intersections of racism, sexism, homophobia, biphobia and transphobia conspire to deprive them of employment, housing, healthcare and other necessities, barriers that make them vulnerable,” the HRC stated in its report.

Authorities have asked that anyone with information about the incident contact Detective King #9488 at 214-671-3684 or by email at erica.king@dallascityhall.com with the case number #109919-2019.


About the Author

Maria Perez is a breaking news writer for The North Star. She has an M.A. in Urban Reporting from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. She has been published in the various venues, including Newsweek, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, City Limits, and local newspapers like The Wave and The Home Reporter.