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.
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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.