A transgender woman has been identified as the first of four killed in a spree stretching from South Carolina to the Mississippi River. Miss Hardin, a 35-year-old Black transgender woman was killed on May 2 in York, South Carolina by 26-year-old Tyler Terry who went on to slay three more people before being captured in the tall grass of South Carolina.
Hardin’s friend, Chimere Hicks, told WIS news he knew something unusual has occurred once they spotted the 35-year-old’s car parked outside and noticed an unlocked door.
“We knew something was wrong then and we [she and Hardin’s cousin] both started crying,” Hicks said. “I think the police made a comment like ‘oh my gosh’ when he went in. And we knew then.”
Police showed up at Hardin’s home on Lowry Row that evening and Hardin was found motionless on the floor.
Chimere Hicks said that Miss Hardin and Terry had been involved in a relationship but she had recently kicked him out.
Simpson’s husband, Eugene Simpson, was found dead last week in Great Falls, South Carolina, and his death was ruled a homicide. He was reported missing May 2. Both Terry and Simpson have been charged in his death, the Chester County Sheriff’s Office said.
According to ABC News Terry is accused of killing four people from May 2 to May 15 across two states. The victims are Eugene Simpson, 33; Thomas Hardin, 35; Barbara Goodkin, 71; and Sergei Zacharev, 58.