Second Baltimore Trans Woman Found Murdered Since June
BY Parker Marie Molloy
July 16 2014 6:46 PM ET
Earlier today, police officers discovered the body of a murdered transgender woman on the city's Northwest side.
Police have identified the victim as 26-year-old Mia Henderson, and said her murder bore similarities to that of another transgender woman, killed in Baltimore in early June, according to the Baltimore Sun. Police declined to directly connect the two murders, however, noting that both are still under investigation.
"We want to be strong partners with our LGBT community," Police Commissioner Anthony Batts told a gathering of LGBT advocates Wednesday, according to the Sun. "Not by talk but by action."
Officers came across Henderson's body — located on the 3400 block of Piedmont Ave., near Lake Ashburton— while investigating another, unrelated crime in the area. According to reports, Henderson's body had experienced "severe trauma," marking Baltimore's second trans homicide victim in as many months, and the third since April 2013.
On June 3, police discovered the body of 40-year-old trans woman Kandy Hall on the city's Northeast side. Hall, whose body was also described as having experienced severe trauma, worked as a hairdresser, and was described as a "fun-loving, caring person."
In April 2013, 29-year-old trans woman Kelly Young was found shot and killed in East Baltimore. No arrests have been made in connection with the murders of Hall or Young.
Watch the Sun's video of the police press conference below.