August 6, 2015 at 11:03 pm EDT | by Michael K. Lavers
Baltimore police make arrest in murder of trans woman

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Baltimore police on Aug. 6, 2015, announced the arrest of a Hagerstown man in connection with the 2014 murder of Mia Henderson. (Photo public domain)

Baltimore police on Thursday announced the arrest of a Hagerstown man in connection with the murder of a transgender woman last summer.

Shawn Oliver, 44, has been charged with first- and second-degree murder and first-degree assault in the death of Mia Henderson.

The Baltimore Sun cited charging documents that allege Oliver stabbed Henderson in the chest, arms and back in West Baltimore on July 16, 2014. Police found Henderson’s body in an alley in the 3400 block of Piedmont Avenue near Lake Ashburton.

Interim Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said during a press conference that detectives were able to use DNA from under Henderson’s fingernails to link her to Oliver.

“The big announcement today is that Mia’s killer is no longer in a position to do this to anyone, particular a member of the LGBT community,” said Davis, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Representatives of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland and Sistas of the “T” attended the press conference alongside Davis. Free State Legal Project Executive Director Patrick Paschall was among those who were also in attendance.

Henderson’s brother, Reggie Bullock, who plays for the Detroit Pistons, on his Twitter page thanked the Baltimore Police Department. The professional basketball player in his message referred to Henderson by her birth name and described her as “my brother.”

Oliver allegedly killed Henderson a few weeks after the body of another trans woman, Kandy Hall, was found in a field in Northeast Baltimore.

Police have not made any arrests in Hall’s murder.

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

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