Man Accused of Murdering Transgender Woman

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A transgender woman, Dominique Lucious, 26, was shot to death after meeting her alleged assailant on a dating site. Police alerted by a 911 call about a shooting were dispatched to Lucious’s apartment shortly before 7 a.m. April 8, 2021, and found the victim with gunshot wounds. She was pronounced dead on the scene.

Witness statements and text messages recovered from the victim’s phone led police to identify a suspect, 28-year-old Charles Nelson, who was arrested the night of the shooting. Nelson is being held in the Greene County jail without bond and charged with second-degree murder.

The court documents said that after connecting on a social dating site, the suspect planned to meet Lucious Thursday morning at the apartment, where it’s alleged he fatally shot her. Authorities who caught up with Nelson allegedly discovered blood on his shoes and recovered a gun at his home that matched a shell casing found at the site of the murder.

The victim, 26-year-old Dominique Lucious, was the 14th transgender person and the ninth Black trans woman killed in 2021, says the National Black Justice Coalition, a civil rights organization that advocates for the Black LGBTQ community. Her killing comes after a tragic record number of lives lost in 2020 in which the Human Rights Campaign recorded at least 44 deaths of transgender and gender non-conforming people.

Lucious’ cousin had this to say in response:

“She loved herself how she was, and that’s what made everybody adore her. If she had her red lip stick and her red nails, she didn’t care what you had to say about her. And I loved that so much about her.”

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