TYLER, Texas -- Police detectives are searching for clues after a transgender woman was shot to death early Monday morning.
The victim was 24-year-old Ty Underwood.
Investigators say she was found murdered early this morning on 24th Street in north Tyler.
"She was lovely, just a lovely person. Very real, down to earth person who didn't deserve this, did not deserve this at all," Underwood's roommate Coy Simmons said.
A woman called 911 saying a car had hit a telephone pole, and that her children heard gunshots. Underwood's roommate believes Underwood was targeted because she is a transgender person.
"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," Simmons said.
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