Chnyal Lindsey has become the latest trans woman of colour to be killed in the United States this year.
Lindsey’s body was found in White Rock Lake on 1 June in Dallas with “obvious signs of homicidal violence”.
To help with their investigation, the Dallas Police Department have enlisted the help of the FBI, due to the recent death of trans activist Muhalysia Booker in the state last month. Officials have raised concerns of a potential serial killer in the area.
“The Dallas Police Department has reached out to the FBI because as we know, this is the second individual who is transgender, who is deceased in our community,” said Chief U. Reneé Hall during a recent press conference.
She added: “We are concerned, we are actively and aggressively investigating this case and we have reached out to our federal partners to assist us in these efforts. We are asking each and every one of our community members to stay vigilant.
“Make sure you are aware of your surroundings, make sure your friends and family members know who you are with at all times and let individuals know where you are going.”
Lindsey is the eighth transgender casualty this year in the United States, after Booker, Dana Martin, Jazzaline Ware, Ashanti Carmon, Claire Legato, Michelle ‘Tamika’ Washington and another black trans woman who is yet to be named.
Transgender women in the United States face extraordinarily high levels of violence. Last year, 26 trans individuals were killed in the country – a majority of which were black and Latina – and 25 of those were women.