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Arrest made in murder, burning of Fla. transgender woman

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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FORT MYERS, Fla. — Police in Fort Myers have arrested a man in connection with the murder of a transgender woman whose body was found dumped behind a garbage bin last month.

Terry Lynn Brady

Terry Lynn Brady

Terry Lynn Brady, 45, has been charged with killing 31-year-old Yaz’min Shancez, reports WZVN-TV.

Shancez’ bloody and charred body was discovered on a dead-end road behind a truck rental facility in Fort Myers on June 19. Workers reported that Shancez’ body was “still smoldering” when she was discovered.

Detectives say they were able to link Brady to the crime with forensic evidence gathered after they identified him as a suspect.

Police have not yet said how the two were connected, but Shancez’ stepmother said the two knew each other and did not get along.

Family and friends have described Shancez — nicknamed “Miss T” — as a proud transgender woman who loved being surrounded by endless relatives at family barbecues, and who never forgot to say I love you.

Brady is charged with one count of second degree murder.

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