From The Dallas Voice: http://www.dallasvoice.com/police-mum-denton-trans-murder-10159252.html
Lack of answers by investigators, attention by community sparks national upset surrounding the death of Artegus Konyale Madden
ANNA WAUGHOctober 11, 2013
SAVANNAH, Denton County — Investigators with the Denton County Sheriff’s Office have few answers about the death of transgender woman Artegus Konyale Madden.
Madden, 34, was found dead in her home on Hayden Lane in Savannah Estates by friends on Sept. 1. Savannah is a small town east of Denton.
Madden’s death was ruled a homicide by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office, which covers Denton County. She was killed in her living room with the cause of death a gunshot wound to the neck.
Investigators are not releasing much information surrounding the incident. No motive or suspect information has been made public. The lead investigator on the case has not returned numerous calls over several weeks.
Denton County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Sandi Brackeen said she didn’t know if the case was a hate crime. She said officials are not releasing any information about the case because it is still under investigation.
While Texas’ hate crime enhancement law only includes “sexual preference,” not gender identity, law enforcement agencies are required to report bias-motivated crimes to the FBI.
Madden grew up in Longview and attended the University of Texas at Arlington, according to her obituary. She attended services at the Potter’s House of Dallas regularly.
The Rev. Carmarion Anderson, who is also trans, said she met Madden about 10 years ago through a mutual family member. She said she had a passion for living free and was a spiritual person, often saying that “living her ‘truth’ was the appropriate way to display the Love of Christ provided to humanity.”
Madden’s death was heartbreaking for Anderson, who said she was even more upset by the way her death has been handled by authorities.
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