16-Year-Old Arrested For Murder Of Transgender Woman In Wichita

"She said a lot of people at the apartment complex, or even around Wichita, were constantly harassing her... including leaving stuff by her front door."

A 16-year-old boy has been arrested in conjunction with the brutal murder of a transgender woman in Wichita, Kansas.

Police were called to an apartment complex in southwest Wichita Sunday night after neighbors reported an altercation, reports KAKE ABC 10.

Inside authorities found the body of Tyreece “Reecey” Walker, 32, bleeding from multiple knife wounds.

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Some accounts claim the body was found in her apartment, while others say it was in the building’s front office, where she reportedly worked.

The unnamed minor faces second-degree murder charges, but is expected to be charged as a minor.

The suspect’s mother claims Walker attempted to sexually assault her son, but a friend of the deceased said that was “completely 100% out of character” for her.

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“[She] wanted to get a degree in psychology or social work to try to become a counselor to help other people try to get through some of the same struggles [she] had been through,” the friend told KAKE.

“She said a lot of people at the apartment complex, or even around Wichita, were constantly harassing her and just messing with her including leaving stuff by her front door.”

Police say they will not be investigating the incident as a bias crime. While sexual orientation is covered by Kansas hate crime statutes, gender identity is not.

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