January 28, 2015 at 2:09 pm EDT | by Staff reports
Transgender woman killed in Texas
Ty Underwood, gay news, Washington Blade

Tyler, Texas (Photo public domain)

TYLER, Texas — A black transgender woman was shot to death early on Jan. 26.

KTYX reported the Tyler Police Department said they believe Ty Underwood was shot in or near her car before she tried to drive away. The television station said a woman who called 911 said Underwood’s vehicle hit a nearby telephone pole.

Police continue to investigate Underwood’s death.

Her roommate, Coy Simmons, told KTYX that she feels Underwood was targeted because she was transgender.

“This has to be a hate crime, nothing else because that was an upstanding person with a good heart,” said Simmons.

Underwood’s murder comes slightly more than a week after Lamia Beard was shot to death in Norfolk, Va.

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