Dallas PD officers told a reporter at the scene, the victim, a 38-year-old person of color is a transgender woman.
UPDATE: @DPDGeist LGBTQ+ Liaison Officer for the @DallasPD just returned my call soon after I tweeted and advised me to watch the crime blog for an update dated 4/16. Officer Geist said that was all information she could give me.
The updated crime blog now says that the victim “also identifies as Tiffany”.
Nothing else new. Just her name. A woman’s name.
I tweeted that the victim is a transgender woman as we suspected. #SayHerName #Tiffany #JusticeForTiffany #BlackTransLivesMatter
Officer Geist strongly disagreed with my assessment in another call immediately following that tweet. She said that the victim is not a transgender woman. She asked me how I got that information. I told her that I originally got that from a reporter on the scene who tweeted that a DPD investigating officer told him the victim was a transgender woman.
Officer Geist told me that tweet had been deleted, the reporter had made a mistake, and that I had no evidence. Officer Geist told me that I was wrong about her being transgender.
She did not say it but I suspect Officer Geist would have happily ended that call at that moment had I agreed with her.
I told Officer Geist that I noticed that tweet oddly, slowly disappearing soon after Dallas Homicide Detective Andrea Isom returned my call on Sunday 4/25, but it didn’t matter, Twitter malfunctions happen. I always snip crucial information like that.
I told her you are welcome. With the trans communities’ help, the DPD now has a crucial piece of evidence regardless of how strongly the family wanted it repressed. That is what we are here for. To help.
Lots of bad karma in the DFW.
Beware. There is a murderer on the loose preying on the gender diverse. Don’t go on blind dates by yourself. Don’t use dating apps until the killer is apprehended.
And girls PLEASE don’t wash your car in high crime areas when the fog is thick as pea soup at 1 am in the morning.
And call your mamma, will you please?
Original article published 4/25/2021 below
The victim was found at about 1:45 a.m. when someone spotted her body while passing by the car wash located at 7171 American Way in the Red Bird area. Dallas police Homicide detectives identified the victim with her dead name and male pronouns after telling a Fox 4 reporter on the scene that she was likely a transgender woman.
According to the Dallas Police Crime Blog on April 24, 2021, at approximately 1:45 a.m., a Dallas police patrol sergeant was notified by a passerby of an unresponsive person lying on the ground at a car wash located at 7171 American Way. The sergeant responded to the location and observed the victim, a 38-year-old person of color, unresponsive with a gunshot wound. Dallas Fire and Rescue responded and pronounced the victim deceased at the scene. Witnesses reported hearing gunshots in the area at around midnight.
Although some sources have told Dallas Voice the victim was a transgender woman and was “presenting as female” at the time of their murder, DPD’s LGBTQ Liaison Officer Chelsea Geist explained that family members told police the victim was not transgender.
Dallas Homicide Detective Andrea Isom returned my call this afternoon. She said that she is aware that Dallas officers on the scene said the victim was a transgender woman. Detective Isom is also aware that the DP Crime Blog identified the victim with male pronouns and her dead name, and that she is aware of the trans communities’ concerns.
I then explained that before our first TDoR there hadn’t been a person incarcerated for murdering a trans person. I told to Det. Isom that has changed now trans people have a team of retired professionals investigating every murder.
I explained to Det. Isom that some people crossdress and those who do are part of our family.
Det. Isom said that she was not at liberty to speak to the victim’s gender expression.
To deny that the victim was transgender because the family wants a cishet image presented is a gross injustice. This might have been a hate crime. And to refuse to investigate it with that possibility in mind will lead to more murders of transgender people in the future.
IF I was a Dallas Police Officer I couldn’t go to bed knowing someone just got away with a hate crime because the victim’s family was embarrassed about how they were dressed.
Detective Isom said further information may be released as it becomes available after police contact the family.
Look for those updates on the Dallas Police Crime Blog.
If you have information about her gender expression or the victims authentic name please email Kelli Busey at email@example.com
Dallas Police are asking anyone with information regarding this offense to contact Det. Isom with the Dallas Police Department Homicide Unit at (469) 475-6004, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please reference case #070623-2021.
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