CRIME
01/27/2015 01:10 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Transgender Woman, Ty Lee Underwood, Killed In Possible Hate Crime

A transgender woman was killed in what one of her friends said was a hate crime.

Ty Lee Underwood, 24, was found dead on Monday morning on 24th Street in North Tyler, Texas, according to KYTX.

“This has to be a hate crime, this has to be a hate crime, nothing else because that was an upstanding person with a good heart,” Underwood's roommate, Coy Simmons told KYTX. "She was lovely, just a lovely person."

Police said Underwood was likely shot before trying to flee in her car. Her vehicle then got stuck in a grassy area before slamming into a mailbox.

The Tyler paper said police are still searching for a motive and a suspect.

Kenya Darks said Underwood didn't have any enemies.

“She's a fan favorite," Darks told KLTV. "Everybody likes Ty."

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