Family says Mia Henderson was visiting Baltimore when she was brutally killed

Transgender woman found dead in alley Wednesday

BALTIMORE - Baltimore City Police are still on the hunt for a killer. 

Officers say they need help from residents to find the person who brutally murdered a transgender woman on the northwest side of the city.  Police say they have been following up on leads, trying to get any information they can about this crime.

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It's a crime that has the local LGBT community fearful.

"It's really scary, I can't walk out the front door and trust anyone I talk to," said Lasaia Wade.

Baltimore police say they found the body of 26-year-old Mia Henderson in an alleyway behind Piedmont Avenue early Wednesday morning.  Henderson was once known as Kevin Long. She's from North Carolina and was staying with relatives in the city.  Family says she was killed two weeks after she got to town.

“How can you do that, without having a conscience," family friend Tina Hill said.

Loved ones gathered at Henderson's mother's house in North Carolina Thursday to help each other through the pain.

"Doing okay,” Danielle Brown, Henderson’s mother said.  “Just trying to make it, that's all."

This homicide marks the second unsolved killing of a transgender woman over the last six weeks in the city.  In June, Ricky Hall -- who went by the name Kandy -- was stabbed to death in northeast Baltimore .  Police say they're trying to determine if violent crimes are connected.

“We're checking to see if these victims ever had any contact with each other, we're looking at all different angles to see if they're related or not related," Baltimore City Police Maj. Dennis Smith said.

Officers say the area of town where Henderson was found is a high prostitution spot, and detectives are looking to see if that played a role in Henderson's death.  According to court records, the 26-year-old has been arrested twice in Baltimore for alleged prostitution. These details don't make the loss of life any easier for a family who's hurt is still so raw.               

"For this time to happen, I can't believe it," Hill said.

Investigators are asking for your help in this case, they say if you know anything, no matter how small, you should give them a call.  Any information given through Metro Crime Stoppers is completely anonymous.  That number is 1-866-7-LOCKUP.

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