Transgender woman of color Karla Patricia Flores-Pavon, age 18, had been choked to death but few details have been released. Officers responded to a call around 4pm local time from the Dallas Fire Rescue, who arrived on the scene first, the Dallas Voice reported. Friends and family of the victim posted their condolences on social media, saying she was a beautiful and light-hearted person. Police confirmed Flores-Pavon was transgender but said there was “no evidence at this time to suggest this homicide was the result of a hate crime.” This is the ninth transgender homicide in the USA from the beginning of the year. According to Human Rights Watch, there have been 113 incidents of fatal violence against transgender and non-binary people since 2013. Of those killed, 64 were victims of gun violence. In 2017, at least 28 deaths of transgender people in the US were killed as a result of fatal violence, the most ever recorded.