The Hennepin County medical examiner’s office has identified the victim as Christopher P. Bates, whom friends and neighbors knew as Chrissy.
A spokesperson with Outfront Minnesota confirmed that Bates was a transgender woman who was known by the name ‘Chrissy.’ Anti-Violence Program Coordinator Rebecca Waggoner says the victim lived alone and was new to the city. Friends describe Chrissy as a warm, caring, loving member of the community, reports KARE-TV.
Despite the description of Bates as transgender, a spokesman for the Minneapolis Police Department says there is currently nothing to suggest that the murder was a hate crime, or connected with some kind of gender bias.
Bates’ body was discovered by a caretaker, who entered her apartment after a worried friend called to check on Bates’ well-being.
Police said Bates had stab wounds, while the medical examiner said the cause of death was “complex homicidal violence,” suggesting more than one cause.
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported that a phone number listed for Bates matches advertisements on Backpage.com for transsexual escorts in the Minneapolis area. Bates, listed as “Krissy” in the ads, advertised massage therapy and massage services by a “classy and sassy southern belle” who is “very passionate, intimate and sweet.”
One neighbor said Bates was concerned about her safety and offered to pay him for protection.