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The Latest: Chief: ‘Signs of homicidal violence’ in death

June 3, 2019

DALLAS (AP) — The Latest on the death of a transgender woman whose body was found in a Dallas lake (all times local):

5:25 p.m.

Dallas homicide detectives are investigating the death of a transgender woman after her body was pulled from a lake in the North Texas over the weekend.

Police Chief U. Renee Hall says there were “obvious signs of homicidal violence” in the death 26-year-old Chynal Lindsey, but did not describe how she died. The department has asked the FBI to assist in the investigation.

Hall says police don’t currently have evidence to connect Lindsey’s death to the killings of other transgender women in the North Texas city over the last several months.

Maj. Vincent Weddington says Dallas police have four open homicide cases involving black transgender women dating back to 2015, including Lindsey’s.

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4:30 p.m.

Dallas police say a transgender woman’s body was pulled from a lake over the weekend, the latest death of a transgender person to attract the attention of law enforcement officers in the North Texas city.

Police say a game warden retrieved the woman’s body Saturday from White Rock Lake after a passer-by reported it around 5:45 p.m. Police did not immediately release the woman’s name and age or say how she died.

The discovery of the body follows a string of violent crimes against transgender women in Dallas over the last several months. Police are already investigating whether the shooting deaths of two transgender women and the nonfatal stabbing of a third are connected.

In May, someone killed 23-year-old Muhlaysia Booker a month after a cellphone video showed her being brutally beaten in a seemingly separate attack.

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