Chynal Lindsey | Photo: Facebook
A man has been arrested in connection with the murder of a trans woman in Dallas.
Authorities say that investigations into the death of trans woman, Chynal Lindsey, led them to arrest 22-year-old Ruben Alvarado.
Lindsey’s body was discovered in a Dallas lake on 1 June. Police have yet to release details as to how she died.
Alvarado is being kept at a county jail with a bond set at $500, 000, CBS News reports.
Lindsey, 26, is one of three trans women to have been murdered in the Texas city in recent months.
Earlier this month, 33-year-old Kendrell Lavar Lyles was arrested in connection with the murder of three women, including trans woman Muhlaysia Booker.
Booker, 23, had recently been featured in the media after being badly beaten by several men over a traffic altercation several weeks prior to her murder.
A video of Booker’s assault was posted online and quickly went viral. Police say the assault is not linked to her murder.
The identity of the other trans woman to have been murdered has not been released.
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Third murder in recent months Dallas
Lindsey’s body was pulled out of a lake earlier this month after being spotted by a passerby.
Her body reportedly showed signs of violence, according to police records.
Following the dicovery of Lindsey’s body, Dallas police reached out to the FBI to ask for assistance in investigaing the murders.
In a press conference on 5 June, Dallas Police Chief Renée Hall asked members of the public to come forward if they might have any information related to the murders.
‘We are concerned – we are actively and aggressively investigating this case, and we have reached out to our federal partners to assist us in these efforts’ Hall said.
The authorities said that the three murders do not appear to be related.
Record levels of violence
The past two years have seen record levels of violence against trans women in the US.
At least 28 trans people were murdered in the US in 2018. This followed 25 trans murders being reported in 2017.
In a 2018 report, LGBTI rights group Human Rights Campaign found that those most commonly affected by violence were young trans women of color.
Of the trans people who were killed, 82% were trans women of color. 64% were younger than 35, the report said.
In 2017, the FBI recorded 7,175 hate crimes in the US. Among them, 1,130 were based on sexual orientation bias and 119 on gender identity bias. More than 100 of those victims were people of color.