TYLER, Texas — Police in Tyler, Texas are searching for clues after a transgender woman was shot to death early Monday morning.
KYTX-TV reports that the victim was identified as 24-year-old Ty Underwood.
Investigators said a woman called 911 saying a car had hit a telephone pole and that her children heard gunshots.
Detective Andy Erbaugh said Underwood was in or near her car when shots were fired. She then tried to drive off, but the car got stuck in a grassy area.
Underwood’s roommate believes Underwood was targeted because she is transgender.
“This has to be a hate crime, this has to be a hate crime, nothing else because that was an upstanding person with a good heart,” Underwood’s roommate Coy Simmons said.