Man charged with murder of trans woman strangled in Dallas

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A man has been arrested and charged with the murder of a trans woman in Dallas, Texas, after police found the victim’s possessions in his vehicle. Jimmy Eugene Johnson III, 24, was arrested on May 17 in connection with the murder of Carla Patricia Flores-Pavon, who was strangled to death earlier this month. According to the Dallas police department, Johnson and Flores-Pavon met on the Internet and the motive of the crime was robbery. When Flores-Pavon’s body was discovered, police said there was “no evidence at this time to suggest this homicide was the result of a hate crime.”Flores-Pavon is the ninth transgender woman to be killed in the US this year. A vigil was held for her on May 16 at Dallas’ Cathedral of Hope. According to Human Rights Watch, there have been 113 trans and non-binary people killed in the country between 2013 and 2017. 28 trans people were killed in 2017 alone, making it the year with the highest number of homicides targeting trans or non-binary people.

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