A transgender woman was found dead in her Dallas apartment Wednesday, the ninth known trans person murdered in the United States this year.
Police believe Carla Patricia Flores-Pavón, 26, was strangled to death some time after 4pm. (Note: initial reports have listed her first name as starting with a “K,” but Dallas Police confirmed to NewNowNext that the correct spelling is with a “C.” There were also been reports she was 18, but that, too, was incorrect.)
At a press conference Wednesday, Deputy Chief Thomas Castro said a witness saw a Latin male with dark, short hair leaving Flores-Pavón’s apartment shortly before she was found unconscious and taken to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
A source told CBS 11 Flores-Pavón had met up with a man she had spoken with in a chat room. Police, however, say they still haven’t determined what, if any, relationship she had with her killer.
Her death has been ruled a homicide, but authorities say there is no evidence at this time that the murder was a hate crime.
Friends and allies took to social media to post remembrances and called for an end to anti-trans violence.
“It hurts so much, you were a good person,” wrote Gia York Herrera in a Facebook post written in Spanish. “I met you very little but it was always very nice to chat and laugh together…[I will] remember you with love and with that smile you always had.”
The murder comes just weeks after Sasha Wall was shot to death in a small South Carolina town.
Since the start of the year, at least seven other transgender people have been murdered in the United States. Most, like Flores-Pavón and Walls, were trans women of color.