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Police identify suspect in slaying of transgender Calif. woman

FONTANA, Calif. — Police have identified a suspect in the slaying of a transgender woman who was found dead in her Fontana apartment.

Dantjier Powell

Fontana police Sgt. Doug Imhof said detectives believe 18-year-old Dantjier Powell of San Bernardino may be trying to flee the state. They were seeking the public’s help in finding him.

Imhof said investigators have not established a motive in the killing of 31-year-old Domonique Newburn, a YouTube reality star who was found dead Tuesday after neighbors reported a disturbance.

Witnesses reported seeing a man leaving Newburn’s apartment in her black Mercedes. The car was later found in San Bernardino.

Powell was described as black, 5 foot 8 inches tall and 155 pounds, with an average build and dark complexion.

He was believed to be traveling with 25-year-old Jamie Nicole Cotton, of Highland.

Newburn was an aspiring actress who appeared under the stage name “Domonique Duffy.” She starred in the 2010 YouTube series “Hollywood House Boys,” a show about gay and transgender friends.

Newburn was described in the series as undergoing gender reassignment.

Associated Press contributed to this report.

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