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.
According 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.