Carla Patricia Flores-Pavon was strangled to death in her Dallas apartment Wednesday, making her the ninth known transgender homicide victim in the U.S. this year.
Police found her unconscious about 4 p.m. at her apartment, Dallas TV station KTVT reports. She was pronounced dead at a local hospital. A witness reportedly saw a man fleeing the scene. Dallas police said they do not believe her death was a hate crime.
The are some discrepancies in the details about Flores-Pavon. KTVT listed her age as 26, but the Dallas Voice gave it as 18. Also, while police spelled her first name as Carla, her Facebook page spelled it Karla.
"You were a good person," her friend Gia York Herrera wrote on Facebook, also noting that the loss "hurts so much." (This is a translation; the original post was in Spanish.) York Herrera added, "God give comfort to your family and friends" and "I send you a hug and a kiss as always."
Police are continuing to investigate.