July 17, 2014 at 11:09 am EDT | by Steve Charing
Another trans woman killed in Baltimore
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Lt. J. Eric Kowlaczyk addressing the media. (Photo by Steve Charing)

Baltimore police confirmed the killing of Mia Henderson, 26, a transgender woman who died of “severe trauma.” Her body was found July 16 just before 6 a.m. in an alley in the 3400 block of Piedmont Avenue near Lake Ashburton in Northwest Baltimore.

Police officers discovered the body while attempting to serve a warrant in an unrelated case. Lt. Colonel David Reitz at a press conference held later that day indicated that the victim “appeared to have been there for a few hours.” Police released the victim’s official government ID in the name of Kevin Long. WJZ-TV reported Wednesday that the victim is a sibling of NBA player Reggie Bullock, who plays for the Los Angeles Clippers.

The discovery comes just six weeks after the murder of another transgender woman, Kandy Hall, whose body was discovered in a Northeast Baltimore field.

Among the other Baltimore City Police Department representatives involved in the press conference were Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts; Lt. J. Eric Kowalczyk, director of the Media Relations Section; and Sgt. Kevin Bailey, who is the new LGBT Police Liaison. They said that it is too early in the investigation to provide more details.

Police could not confirm if a firearm was used in the homicide until autopsy results are received.

“Any loss of life in Baltimore City is unacceptable,” said Batts. “We need to solve this case and solve the cases that are open.” Prior to the press conference, Batts spoke to community stakeholders at a separate meeting offering assurances the police are working hard to solve these crimes and that community members “need to look for things out of the norm” and report it to the police immediately. “We need data—any information or any clues.”

Police would not say if they believe the two murders are connected. Both victims were black and their bodies were found in the early morning. The police determined that Kandy Hall had been stabbed. They have not yet made such a determination on the latest homicide, however.

Members of the community are urged to call Homicide at 410-396-2100 or they can call Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LockUp and remain anonymous if they have any information relating to these two cases.

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