- Dallas police are investigating the murders of three transgender women in recent months, and told reporters at a press conference Monday that they have asked the FBI for help.
- Chynal Lindsay, a 26-year-old transgender woman, was found dead in a lake on June 1. It was just weeks after Muhlaysia Booker was shot dead on a street on May 18.
- A third transgender woman was shot dead in her car in October 2018.
- Dallas Police Chief Renée Hall said there wasn’t enough evidence to suggest a serial killer was involved, but that members of the public should remain vigilant.
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Dallas police have asked the FBI to help investigate urged the public to come forward with any information about the unsolved murders of three transgender women, amid growing concerns that the local LGBTQ community is being targeted.
Chynal Lindsay, a 26-year-old transgender woman, was found dead in a lake on June 1. Authorities said in a statement that her death was “a result of homicidal violence.”
Police Chief Renée Hall told reporters at a press conference on Monday that authorities did not “have the evidence to substantiate” whether a serial killer was involved, but asked that the public remain vigilant and come forward with any information they might have.
“We are concerned; we are actively and aggressively investigating this case,” Hall told reporters. She said members of the public who might know Lindsey, or where she was last seen, should contact the police department.
Lindsey’s death occurred just weeks after Muhlaysia Booker was shot dead on a street on May 18. The previous month, a transgender woman was “stabbed multiple times and left for dead,” though she survived the attack.
In October 2018, another transgender woman was shot dead in a vehicle, but police never recovered any information about a suspect.
They’re investigating whether the murders were related
Authorities also said in April that these recent cases did not appear to be directly related, but they did bear “some similarities that the public should be made aware of.”
“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,” Hall said Monday.
The deaths have roiled the LGBTQ community in Dallas – particularly as Lindsey’s death coincided with the beginning of Pride Month.
“The transgender community and allies across Texas are reeling with the discovery of the body [June 1] in Dallas of Chynal Lindsey, a Black transgender woman,” Equality Texas said in a statement on Monday. “The dehumanization, discrimination, and violence against LGBTQ people, especially transgender women of colour, can no longer be ignored by our political leaders.”
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