Missouri police are investigating the homicide of a homeless transgender lady in Kansas City as a murder, marking an eleventh potential homicide of a black trans woman this year.
Brooklyn Lindsey, 32, was found lifeless on the front porch of a vacant residence in the Lykins neighborhood of Kansas City, Missouri, at about 6:30 a.m. Tuesday morning. Neighbors informed KSHB they heard an argument followed by four gunshots around 2:30 a.m.
Gunshot wounds were discovered during a preliminary examination of Lindsey’s body and her death is currently being looked at as a murder, the Kansas City Police Department informed NBC News Thursday. Detectives are conducting a canvas of the area in an try to seek out any potential witnesses or surveillance footage.
Kris Wade, government director of the Justice Project of Kansas City, informed NBC News Thursday that Lindsey had been in fear for her life for several weeks. The non-profit organization was attempting to find her a spot to stay within the last week but was “bone dry” on money, Wade mentioned.
Wade has recognized Lindsey for about 11 years and described her relationship with her family as estranged. The family “loved her from afar,” following Wade.
“The thought of Brooklyn being a gay man was enough to give them apoplexy, let alone being a trans lady,” Wade mentioned.
Lindsey was homeless but loved to read books and was keen on going to high school. She was additionally well-liked locally, Wade stated.
It is unclear whether or not Lindsey’s death was a hate crime. All of the ten recognized incidents of fatal violence against the transgender group in 2019 has been against black transgender ladies, according the Human Rights Campaign.