Carla Patricia Flores-Pavón, a 26-year-old transgender Latina, was found dead in her Dallas apartment last Wednesday.
Police transported the Honduran woman’s unconscious body from her apartment at the 6100 block of Lyndon B. Johnson Freeway to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead. According to NBC 5, Flores-Pavón was strangled to death in a homicide that officers have ruled was not a hate crime.
Police say a witness saw a Latino male leave Flores-Pavón’s apartment shortly after her body was found, though no arrests have been made.
“These murder cases tend to be exceptionally violent and we fail to understand in the community why they aren’t classified as hate crimes,” Monica Roberts, a board member of Dallas-based Black Transwomen Inc., said during a vigil at the Cathedral of Hope on Cedar Springs Road on Sunday.
On Facebook, where Flores-Pavón’s name is spelled Karla, friends offered their condolences.
“You were a good person,” said Gia York Herrera, adding that the loss “hurts so much,” in Spanish. “God give comfort to your family and friends” and “I send you a hug and a kiss as always.”
Three days following Flores-Pavón’s passing, the body of a Black trans woman, who has not been identified, was found decomposing in a creek in Dallas in an unrelated death.