Brittany-Nicole Kidd-Stergis (left) and Delshawn D. Carroll
Arrest Made In Murder of Cleveland Transgender Woman

By Parker Marie Molloy

Originally published on Advocate.com June 10 2014 9:44 AM ET

Cleveland police have arrested a man in connection with the December murder of 22-year-old transgender woman Brittany-Nicole Kidd-Stergis.

Cleveland police announced June 5 that aggravated murder charges had been filed against 19-year-old Delshawn D. Carroll. Carroll's arrest comes nearly six months after Kidd-Stergis' body was found shot to death inside a parked car on the 21200 block of West 25th street in Cleveland.

Just one day prior to Kidd-Stergis' body being discovered, another trans woman, 52-year-old Betty Skinner, was found murdered in her apartment at the Deaconess Krafft Center assisted-living complex of blunt force trauma to the head. Skinner's murder has not yet been solved, and police do not believe there is a connection between the crimes.

Last year, 36-year-old Andrey Bridges was sentenced to life in prison for the January 2013 murder of another Cleveland-area trans woman, Cemia "CeCe" Dove.

In August, the city is slated to host the 2014 Gay Games.

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Parker Marie Molloy