Arrest Made In Killing Of Transgender Woman In Dallas

(Dallas Police Department)

DALLAS, TX — Police have made an arrest in the killing of a black transgender woman in Dallas, the second such arrest announced this month that involved a transgender woman.

The woman’s body was found in White Rock Lake on June 1 and police determined that the victim, identified as Chynal Lindsey, died as a result of "homicidal violence."

On Thursday, police said they arrested a man identified as 22-year-old Ruben Alvarado. Police arrested Alvarado and he was brought into police headquarters for questioning where he refused "further engagement" with detectives, police said in a statement.

Alvarado has been charged with murder, police said.

Earlier this month, police arrested 34-year-old Kendrell Lavar Lyles in connection with the deaths of three women, including another transgender woman; Muhlaysia Booker. Lyles is accused of shooting and killing two women in May, according to Dallas Police.

Police said they also linked Lyles to the killing of Booker, who was last seen on May 18 getting into a car that matched the description of the car Lyles drove. Police allege that cellphone analysis put Lyles in the area where Booker was picked up on May 18 and later at the murder scene.

Booker was found shot and killed in Dallas early morning on May 18.

Booker’s death came a month after a cellphone video showed her being brutally beaten in a separate incident. Police have said that no evidence was found to link Booker’s death to her April 12 beating following a minor traffic accident. Edward Thomas, 29, was arrested and jailed on an aggravated assault charge in relation to the incident.

Lindsey is the third transgender woman killed in Dallas over the past year.

Even before Lindsey was found dead, police officials had said they were investigating a possible connection between the shooting deaths of Booker and another transgender woman, 29-year-old Brittany White, as well as the nonfatal stabbing of a third transgender woman.

White’s killing in October remains under investigation by police.

Reporting and writing from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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