Police Identify Transgender Victim Pulled From A Creek In Texas

Authorities have identified the victim as a 39-year-old transgender woman but questions remain.

Police have identified a transgender victim pulled from a creek in Dallas on May 12.

The victim was first identified by police as an unknown transgender woman, whose body was badly decomposed with no tattoos or other identifying markings.

Yesterday, police declared the victim a 39-year-old transgender man, referring to them with a male first name. However, according to members of the community, the victim is trans woman Nicole Hall.

The department has since updated the article announcing the news of the victim’s identification to reflect the correct identity, but it still uses the male name.

“We transitioned together, confided in one another and we leaned on one another for strength and experiences in those days. Nicole was a true gem,” Walker, Shannon director of A Nu Trans Movement, Inc., wrote on a GoFundMe page raising money for a funeral. “Nicole was a very motivated, happy girl that loved to sing and be the center of everyone’s attention. She was a pioneer in the Texas Black Trans Community, and paved the way for many transfolk that came after her.”

A cause of death is still pending, but officials do not believe the case is connected with the murder of transgender woman Carla Patricia Flores-Pavón.

Flores-Pavón, 26, was strangled to death in her Dallas apartment earlier in the month. A 24-year-old man, Jimmy Eugene Johnson III, has been arrested and charged with her murder. Police believe the motive to have been robbery, and do not think the victim was targeted for being transgender.

While Hall’s death is currently being investigated as accidental, that could change, particularly as there were signs of injury to the body. Police have not released more information on those injuries.

Authorities are looking to speak with anyone with information about the case, and thanked those who helped identify the victim.

Editor’s Note: This article has been updated following new information coming to light. We regret the initial error.

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