June 8, 2014 | by Michael K. Lavers
Murdered transgender woman was ‘fun-loving, caring person’

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Police tape remains near a Northeast Baltimore field where a transgender woman was found dead on June 3. (Washington Blade photo by Michael K. Lavers)

BALTIMORE — Police continue to investigate the murder of a transgender woman whose body was found last week in Northeast Baltimore.

Lt. Eric Kowalczyk of the Baltimore Police Department told members of its LGBT Advisory Council during a June 5 meeting at Chase Brexton Health Services that detectives currently have few leads into their investigation of the murder of Kandy Hall who was found in a field near a post office on the 1400 block of Fillmore Street in the Coldstream-Homestead-Montebello neighborhood early on June 3.

Crime scene tape remained on a nearby fence several days after Hall’s body was discovered.

“This is a case that will not be solved without community help,” said Kowalczyk.

Equality Maryland Executive Director Carrie Evans, Center for Black Equity-Baltimore Executive Director Carlton Smith, Rev. Meredith Moise and Free State Legal Project Executive Director Aaron Merki are among those who attended the meeting.

Hall’s friend, Derrick Smith, told the Washington Blade that Hall, 40, was a hairdresser from Annapolis. He said they had known each other for more than three decades.

“I was there with her at the beginning of the process before she transitioned and everything,” said Smith. “I knew her as her little boy self and I knew her as Kandy.”

Smith told the Blade he hadn’t spoken with Hall in more than two years.

He said he found out about her death on Facebook.

“She was a very fun-loving, caring person,” said Smith. “She just enjoyed life. She lived life to the fullest because I guess her mindset was tomorrow’s not promised to anybody so I’m not going to wait until tomorrow to do this if I can do it today.”

Court records indicate Hall was charged with prostitution four times in Anne Arundel County between 2001-2003. The Baltimore Police Department arrested her twice on prostitution-related charges in 2010.

Court records also note Hall was charged with robbery, theft, trespassing, possession of marijuana, driving with an expired license and other minor offenses in Anne Arundel, Howard and Wicomico Counties since 1991.

Police have yet to publicly disclose a possible motive behind Hall’s murder, but Smith scoffed at suggestions prostitution may have contributed to her death.

“I get tired whenever a transgender person is murdered, [people] automatically connect it to prostitution,” he told the Blade. “She could have just been walking across the field and there could have been a random hate crime.”

Some of the more than two dozen people who attended the LGBT Advisory Council’s meeting at Chase Brexton also expressed concern about anti-trans violence they say continues to take place in Baltimore. WJZ reported the person who shot Kelly Young to death in East Baltimore in April 2013 remains at large.

“Because we do not know the motive behind Kandy’s death, the LGBT communities of Baltimore remain apprehensive and on guard,” said Evans as WJZ reported.

Anyone with information about Hall’s death is urged to call Metro Crime Stoppers at (866) 7-LOCKUP.

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

16 Comments
  • Yes, lots of us take offence when a victim, in this case murder, is tried in the media. For lots of people whom the law discriminates against daily, having been booked is a normal part of life. A brutal murder has been committed. That is the only story here.

  • Jenna Fischetti

    "Court records indicate Hall was charged with prostitution four times in Anne Arundel County between 2001-2003. The Baltimore Police Department arrested her twice on prostitution-related charges in 2010. Court records also note Hall was charged with robbery, theft, trespassing, possession of marijuana, driving with an expired license and other minor offenses in Anne Arundel, Howard and Wicomico Counties since 1991."

    This is only relevant to a gay cisgender media which believes in institutionalizing the meme "All trans women are criminal"

    If they think they publish such details out of "journalistic integrity", they need to look at their failed efforts to even identify facts related to the transgender community as a whole.

    They never dare speak to the systems of oppression which force transgender women of color into existences outside of the white cisgender comfort zone…

  • Hopefully the police will bring the person who committed this heinous crime to justice.

  • Jenna Fischetti

    Where else does the victim's arrest record get hyped in the reporting of their own murder?

    Not when its white gay men.

  • Dear Michael K. Lavers if you want the trans community to have any respect for you as a news reporter you might want to avoid bringing up the victims criminal history as it is not relevant to the fact she was murdered. No woman trans or cisgendered is guilty of the crimes men do to them whether by being a part of the sex industry or by the other many means the media uses to blame the victim so in all cases of man on woman violence you DO NOT need to say they were arrested for such and such you need to cover the parts of the story where it discusses the crime that was committed and that is it. That is all that is relevant. otherwise you will be seen as nothing more than another (trans)misogynist. Please think about what you are doing by writing your articles like this for your future in journalism rests on the choices you make in your writing.

  • Christina A DiEdoardo, Esq.,

    Any particular reason why you chose to disclose Ms. Hall’s criminal record? Is it normal Blade practice to run facts like this on crime victims—or do you only do it when a trans woman is the victim?

  • Alexei Mariano Green

    What a horrible report. So brandishing her arrest record is supposed to take away from the brutality and unfairness of her untimely murder? Why didn't your piece go into the discrimination and abuse that pushes women like her into lives of crime where they are forced to exist on the fringes of society? As a Cis white male writing about the brutal and senseless killing of a Trans woman of color, you should know better. Shame on you!

  • As I read this article that was my very thought. The entire police record would never be published in an article about anyone else. Why was this such a major part of this story. Why weren't the statistics of the number of transgender individuals murdered given, or the stuggles of coming out and transitioning 20 years ago, in the age that Kandy did?

  • Jenna Fischetti

    Jeff A Hart-Southworth In Baltimore city, there were 235 homicides last year. The BPD claims 80-85% are drug related. That leaves only 47 if the percent is 80. There are 620,000 residents in Baltimore. The murder rate is 38 per 100K based on 235 and 8 per 100K if drug related murders are excluded.

    There have been 4 transgender women of color murdered in the last 39 month. That's 1.2 per year. The Williams Institute estimates there are 20,000 trans folks in Maryland. That means about 2100 in Baltimore City. All of these murders were women of color, which is 65% of Baltimore's population or 1,500. So the true murder rate for trans women of color is 80 per 100K. That's 10 TIMES the city's non-drug-related homicide rate…

    10 TIMES!

  • Jenna Fischetti

    THAT is the story…. Not if Kandy smoked pot in 1991. I SMOKED pot in 1991. Who could listen to Pearl Jam and Nirvana without smoking some pot…

  • You know, I think it shows a human side of Kandy Hall, but the whole story was bad in that it took me until the second paragraph to find out the name of the victim. The story was about a transgender woman who was murdered. Not the human that became a victim of violence. Michael Lavers, I hope unintentionally, treated this story in an insensitive fashion IMHO.

  • You know, I think it shows a human side of Kandy Hall, but the whole story was bad in that it took me until the second paragraph to find out the name of the victim. The story was about a transgender woman who was murdered. Not the human that became a victim of violence. Michael Lavers, I hope unintentionally, treated this story in an insensitive fashion IMHO.

  • I'm also sick of the media, every time an African-American trans woman is murdered, if she has a criminal record, injecting it into the story.

    I guess I should be thankful for the not so small favor of you not publishing her mug shot too

  • WLWT also made comment of Tiffany's criminal record in their new article about her death this morning.

  • WLWT also made comment of Tiffany's criminal record in their new article about her death this morning.

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