Calif. Trans Woman Found Murdered in Home
A transgender woman was found murdered in her Fontana, Calif., home Tuesday and according to witnesses, a shirtless man left her apartment with clothes and a computer and drove off in the victim’s car, CBS Los Angeles reports.
According to police, Domonique Newburn’s body was found in her apartment in Fontana, Calif., which is about 50 miles east of Los Angeles, around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.
"Officers arrived, noticed some suspicious evidence, blood on the porch of the location," Det. Rich Hunt told CBS Los Angeles. He said Newburn’s apartment door was open and officers found the victim’s body in the main living area. The San Bernardino County Coroner said Newburn, 32, had "sustained trauma and was pronounced dead at 4:38 p.m."
KTLA, Los Angeles’ CW-affiliated station, reports that the alleged murderer may have tried to escape through a window in Newburn’s apartment.
Newburn’s cause of death is currently unknown.
Witnesses told police that they saw a bare-chested man leave the victim’s apartment in what they think was Newburn’s car. The car is described as a black, four-door 2004 Mercedes C240 sedan with the California license plate 7AAY925. KTLA reports a man was seen leaving the home clothes and a computer.
Neighbors told the news station they did not know Newburn was transgender.
"She was very quiet, very nice and you just would never have thought something like this would happen," neighbor Ronald Jackson told CBS Los Angeles.