The body of a transgender woman was recovered from White Rock Lake in Dallas this past weekend and police are investigating the death as a homicide. They are looking into whether the death is linked in any way to the recent attacks on trans people in the city.
Chynal Lindsey, 26, is at least the second black trans woman killed in Dallas this year. Her body was discovered on Saturday by a passerby, according to The Washington Post. Police Chief U. Reneé Hall told reporters on Monday her body showed “obvious signs of homicidal violence.”
Her body was discovered less than a mile from where 22-year-old Muhlaysia Booker was found shot to death. Booker, another black trans woman, was found deceased just weeks after she was the victim of mob violence, which was caught on video.
Dallas Police said they now have four open homicide cases in which the victim was a black transgender woman: two this year, one from 2018, and one from 2015, Dallas News reports.
Brittany White, 29, was fatally shot in the city last October, and in May of 2018, Carla Patricia Flores-Pavón, 26, was also killed. A suspect, Jimmy Eugene Johnson III, has been arrested and charged with murder in that case. The 2015 unsolved murder likely refers to Shade Schuler, 22.
Additionally, a trans woman in Dallas was stabbed in April of this year. She survived and was able to give a description of the man who attacked her to police, who have not released a detailed description of him to the public.
The body of a trans woman was also recovered from a creek last year, but that death has been ruled a suicide.
“If this was a hate crime, shame on you.”
I caught up with a cousin of Chynal Lindsey, the trans woman whose body was found in White Rock Lake.
— Andrea Lucia (@CBS11Andrea) June 4, 2019
The Dallas Police Department has reached out to the FBI for help in solving Lindsey’s murder.
Equality Texas released a statement calling on law enforcement to dedicate more resources to “solving this wave of violence against transgender women in Dallas,” and urging political leaders to add protections on the basis of gender identity and expression to civil rights law.
At a Dallas County Commissioners Court on Tuesday, Commissioner Elba Garcia held a moment of silence for Lindsey and Booker before reading a proclamation recognizing Pride Month.