A transgender woman has been found
murdered near Memphis, Tennessee.
According to Memphis CBS affiliate
WREG, the body of Marcal Camero Tye (no female name given) was
discovered Tuesday along a stretch of Highway 334 in Arkansas, about
40 miles outside Memphis.
“At this point, all we can say is
that the body suffered extensive damage and was dragged about 200
feet before it came to rest,” Detective Lt. Travis Hill told
reporters. “We're still investigating the incident at this time,
and we can't say much more.”
Violence against at least four
transgender women in the Memphis area have made headlines following
the shooting death of Tiffany Berry in 2006.
Leeneshia Edwards, a transgender
prostitute, was shot in the jaw, side and back at close range as she
was turning to get out of a car in south Memphis in late 2009.
Duanna Johnson, 43, another transgender
prostitute, made headlines nationwide when she took a beat down at
the hands of Memphis cops in the station's booking area after she
ignored their “he-she” taunts. Video of the incident was widely
circulated on the Internet in early 2008 and two officers lost their
jobs over the incident. Ten months later, Johnson was dead, a victim
of a gunshot wound to the head.