On Saturday, August 7, 2021, a 44-year-old Black trans woman known as Miss CoCo was shot to death in a homeless encampment in Dallas, Texas.
Dallas police said the incident happened at about 10:08 p.m. in the 500 block of Park Avenue, between Marilla and Young streets.
The victim, who police identified as a transgender woman, died at a local hospital.
The Dallas County medical examiner’s office identified the victim through fingerprint analysis. The victim was not carrying official identification.
The Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the 44-year-old victim and notified the family.
In a twist I don’t usually see, while a motive is not yet known, Dallas police said they were investigating the murder as “a hate crime” until evidence rules it out. And the news report refused to published CoCo’s deadname.
A silver car was seen leaving the location westbound on Marilla Street after the shooting, but police did not provide a description of the suspected shooter. Anyone with information may contact Det. Frank Serra at 214–671–4320 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Crime Stoppers is offering up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest and indictment. Tips may be made by calling Crime Stoppers at 214–373–8477.
Unfortunately, we do not know much about Miss CoCo’s life. Her friends at Nu Trans Movement shared some thoughts:
The city is mourning the loss of Miss CoCo, a transgender woman who frequented the homeless camps and downtown areas of Dallas. She was a well-known small girl with a big, bubbly personality. CoCo was a happy person & proud to be living her truth!
Miss Coco is the thirty-fourth trans, nonbinary or gender nonconforming person reported killed in 2021. Thirty-one of these neighbors have been BIPOC. She is the 25th victim who identified as Black. In total, there have been thirty-four murders or suspicious deaths in the first 224 days of 2021, an average of one death every 6.5 days. 22 of these victims were under the age of 30. That we know of as many deaths go unreported or unacknowledged. Note — in this summary, I include suspicious deaths that as you can read below…