Mia Henderson, Transgender Sister Of NBA Star, Found Murdered In Baltimore

Mia-HendersonThe body of Mia Henderson, 26, a transgender woman living in Baltimore, was discovered lifeless and beaten in an alleyway in the Northwest corner of the city early Wednesday morning.

Mia’s death is causing a stir among LGBT activists in Baltimore, who are tired of seeing crimes like this go unsolved.

At a press conference with Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts, Batts tried to assuage frightened community members, telling them, “We want to be strong partners with our LGBT community. Not by talk but by action.” But action remains to be seen.

The Baltimore Sun reports that many of the area’s transgender community who feel threatened by violence also fear being investigated and profiled by police as prostitutes.

The secluded alley Mia was found in is widely known to be a hotbed of drug and prostitution activity.

Mia’s brother is Reggie Bullock, an NBA player for the Los Angeles Clippers. He took to Twitter to express his grief:

There are no current suspects in Mia’s death, and anyone with information is encouraged to come forward.

Police are investigating whether or not the murder is related to another slaying of a transgender woman, Kandy, who was found dead in a field near Coldstream Park Elementary-Middle School on June 3.

Both deaths are being investigated as possible hate crimes.