Dallas police have asked the FBI to help them after three unsolved murders of trans women in recent months.
In a press conference yesterday (5 June) Dallas police pleaded to the public for any information they can provide.
Three trans women, Chynal Lindsay, Muhlaysia Booker, and a third, unidentified trans woman were all killed in Texas.
A specter of a spree of violence targeting one of the most marginalized communities in the city has stretched the authorities.
The latest, Linsday, 26, was pulled out of White Rock Lake bearing ‘obvious signs of homicidal violence’ on 1 June, according to police records.
Police Chief Renée Hall told reporters that authorities did not have the ‘evidence to substantiate’ whether a serial killer was involved.
However, she 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 added that the police force have contacted the FBI for the government agency to assist their investigations.
‘We are concerned, we are actively and aggressively investigating this case and we have reached out to our federal partners to assist us in these efforts.’
Are the murders related?
Now, that’s the question.
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.’
Major Vincent Weddington said the department are investigating four unsolved murders of black trans women. Two that occurred in 2019, one in 2018 and one in 2015.
Furthermore, the department said in a statement a trans woman was found in a field in July 2017.
It said that case was classified as an ‘unexplained death.’
‘Can no longer be ignored’
In a statement to Gay Star News, LGBTI group Equality Texas said Lindsey’s killing was ‘especially tragic coming at the beginning of Pride Month.
‘Equality Texas stands in solidarity with our transgender siblings to decry this epidemic of violence targeting transgender women of color and all violence against members of the LGBTQ community.
‘The dehumanization, discrimination, and violence against LGBTQ people, especially transgender women of color, can no longer be ignored by our political leaders.’
The numbers add-up
Fatal attacks on trans women have soared in recent years. In fact, the FBI recorded 7,175 hate crimes in the US in 2017.
Among them, 1,130 were based on sexual orientation bias and 119 on gender identity bias.
And more than 100 of those victims were people of color, according to the report.