Po­lice can­vass area af­ter trans­gen­der woman killed

Baltimore Sun - - AROUND THE REGION -

A trans­gen­der woman who was shot in the back of the head early Fri­day morn­ing in North­west Bal­ti­more has died of her in­juries, po­lice said. Crys­tal Ed­monds, 32, was found around 3:20 a.m. in the 3600 block of Fairview Ave. in For­est Park, po­lice said. She was taken to a hos­pi­tal and died later in the morn­ing. Po­lice bought four vans of cadets to help homi­cide de­tec­tives can­vass for tips Fri­day af­ter­noon through the neigh­bor­hood of de­tached sin­gle-fam­ily homes. “The per­son that can shoot a woman in the back of her head and leave her for dead on the street can do it again,” po­lice spokesman T.J. Smith said. Po­lice did not know of a pos­si­ble mo­tive for the crime, and did not know why she was in the area. Smith said de­tec­tives were not sure whether Ed­monds was tar­geted, ei­ther be­cause she was trans­gen­der or for an­other rea­son. “The trans­gen­der com­mu­nity some­times is tar­geted. It’s some­thing we’re fol­low­ing up on,” Smith said. “We don’t have ev­i­dence that played a role.”

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