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Transgender Woman Found Murdered In Austin

AUSTIN, Texas — Austin’s LGBT+ community is mourning the tragic murder of a transgender woman found shot to death on her front door steps on January 22. It’s the city’s first murder of 2016, and the nations first murder of a Transgender woman for 2016.

The victim has been identified as Monica Loera. Austin Police Department are identifying the victim as a man.

rowell-256x300 Transgender Woman Found Murdered In AustinAccording to the police report, the victims roommate told police that Rowell “kept knocking on the door and Loera said ‘he was going to get rid of him because he didn’t want to mess with him.’ When the victim went to open the door, the roommate said he heard a sound like a firecracker and Loera said, ‘he shot me.’”

After the shooting, Loera was taken to the University Medical Center Brackenridge hospital “where she was pronounced dead from her injuries and the Travis County Medical Examiner ruled Loera’s death a homicide

Austin Police has arrested Jon Casey William Rowell in connection with her death.

Rowell is facing a charge of first-degree murder. His bond is set at $250,000.

Death Of LGBT Man Sparks Texas Rangers Investigation

Death Of LGBT Man Sparks Texas Rangers Investigation

The death of a 23-year old man in Hardin County, Texas has caused Texas Rangers to launch official investigation.

The Texas Rangers have officially launched an investigation into the ‘in custody’ death of Cody Lane Livingston, 23, while in custody of the Hardin County Sheriff’s Department on Saturday.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at approximately 6:00a.m. DPS was notified of a possible crash near Sour Lake. (Sour Lake is about 1 hour north-east of Houston.)

DPS explains that it determined there was no crash, but suspected Livingston was driving while intoxicated. DPS explains a field sobriety test was conducted but failed to release results. Instead, Livingston was booked into the jail for an outstanding warrant.

Hardin County Sheriff Ed Cain explains that ‘Livingston was booked into the Hardin County Jail at 7:30 a.m. and had no outward signs of injury as he was booked.’

DPS states ‘Livingston was found unresponsive in a jail cell’ and transported to St. Elizabeth’s hospital in Beaumont, Texas, where he was pronounced dead.

“I couldn’t believe it,” said Tanner Moore, Livingston’s boyfriend. “It was hard to believe, because he was just here with me the other day helping me move.” He said the two saw each other Friday night at Moore’s residence in the Lufkin area.

According to Moore, on Saturday “I tried to call him, probably called him 3 to 5 times. He didn’t answer, and he said ‘I’m at a bar in Houston.”

Friends have set up a GoFund Me Page to help the family with expenses.

Popular LGBT Community Member Found Dead In Beaumont Alleyway

Preliminary autopsy results indicate a popular LGBT community member, named Travis Gore died of blunt force injuries after being found in the alleyway at approximately 6 a.m. between the Jefferson Theater and the old Hotel Beaumont in the East Texas town of Beaumont. Investigators believe there is evidence that suggest there was a fall from an ‘elevated area’ of the hotel. Beaumont Police officer Haley Walter states “a passerby found Gore's body at 6:14 a.m. Sunday, and called police immediately.” Officials state they do not know what caused Gore to fall, “but foul play is not suspected at the moment.” The case is under investigation. Toxicology results are pending. The LGBTQ+ community of Beaumont, Texas are mourning the death of ‘Beaumont’s Most Treasured Community Member.’ A posting on the Beaumont Pride Facebook page reads:

Preliminary autopsy results indicate popular LGBT community member Travis Gore died of blunt force injuries after being found in the alleyway at approximately 6 a.m. between the Jefferson Theater and the old Hotel Beaumont in the East Texas town of Beaumont.

Investigators believe there is evidence that suggest there was a fall from an ‘elevated area’ of the hotel.

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Travis Gore

Beaumont Police officer Haley Walter states “a passerby found Gore’s body at 6:14 a.m. Sunday, and called police immediately.” Officials state they do not know what caused Gore to fall, “but foul play is not suspected at the moment.” The case is under investigation. Toxicology results are pending.

The LGBTQ+ community of Beaumont, Texas are mourning the death of ‘Beaumont’s Most Treasured Community Member.’ A posting on the Beaumont Pride Facebook page reads: “It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye, Travis Gore, also known as Treasure Gardener brought light and love into our lives and his memory will be cherished by all who knew him.”

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“We are all shocked and saddened by the loss of such a valuable member of the Beaumont LGBTQ community,” said Beaumont Pride chair Shawn Hare in a statement. Gore was an active member of Beaumont Pride.