BALTIMORE, Md. — Police said Wednesday that a homicide victim found early Tuesday in a field in Northeast Baltimore was a transgender woman identified as 40-year-old Kandy Hall, but that details surrounding her death remained scarce.
Acting Capt. Eric Kowalczyk, a police spokesman, said he took part in a conference call with leaders of the LGBT community to brief them on the case, reported the Baltimore Sun.
“We need the public’s help trying to find out who is responsible for this,” he said. “We don’t know how the homicide occurred yet. We’re waiting for the medical examiner to do the autopsy.”
The killing occurred the same day Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts held a public safety forum for Northeast District residents.
Last year, Batts formed an LGBT advisory council to increase the agency’s awareness of issues affecting the community.
“When someone is murdered and then they get misgendered [deadnamed] sometimes by systems [law enforcement, media, etc.] and sometimes even family, we see that as a further act of violence against that person.”