June 5, 2014 | by Michael K. Lavers
Transgender woman murdered in Baltimore

Baltimore, Maryland, gay news, Washington Blade, open walls

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A transgender woman was found dead in Northeast Baltimore early on Tuesday.

The Baltimore Police Department said she was discovered around 6:30 a.m. in the 1400 block of Fillmore Street. The Baltimore Sun reported the victim, whose name was Kandy, was found in a field near a post office in the Coldstream-Homestead-Montebello neighborhood.

Police officials have yet to return the Washington Blade’s request for comment.

The Baltimore Sun reported Acting Capt. Eric Kowalczyk of the Baltimore Police Department took part in a conference call with local LGBT rights advocates on Wednesday.

“We need the public’s help trying to find out who is responsible for this,” said Kowalczyk as the newspaper reported. “We don’t know how the homicide occurred yet. We’re waiting for the medical examiner to do the autopsy.”

Court records indicate police arrested Kandy twice in 2010 on prostitution-related charges, but other details about her life have yet to emerge.

“The BPD is pursuing all leads and are as committed to finding answers as we all are,” Equality Maryland Executive Director Carrie Evans told the Blade on Wednesday.

Evans said a meeting with local LGBT advocates is scheduled to take place on Friday. She urged anyone with information about Kandy’s death to call Metro Crime Stoppers at (866) 7-LOCKUP.

The Blade will provide further updates as they become available.

Michael K. Lavers has been a staff writer for the Washington Blade since May 2012. The passage of Maryland's same-sex marriage law, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the burgeoning LGBT rights movement in Latin America and the consecration of gay New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson are among the many stories he has covered since his career began in 2002. Follow Michael

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