Tuesday, February 10, 2015

College Football Player Murders Girlfriend After It Becomes Public

By Sabrina Samone, TMP
Underwood, Trans Sister Killed by Coward
Shocking to many, but unfortunately not those of us within trans society. Carlton Ray Champion Jr., a star Texas College football player, was arrested Jan. 29 for the murder of a transgender female, last name Underwood, as reported on Blacksportonline.com; which the news source is continuing the bigotry by consistently referring to a transgender female as 'a man'.  After dating for several weeks and admitted to having sex, it wasn't until their relations became public that the young woman lost her life.

On Jan. 26, officers found Underwood, 24, of Tyler TX, dead in her vehicle from multiple gunshot wounds in the 400 block of West 24th Street. Carlton Champion was only arrested after he was stopped for a probation violation.

The Coward, Carlton Ray Champion
According to an affidavit filed in support of the murder arrest warrant, Carlton Ray Champion Jr. became a suspect after Underwood’s roommate, Kedrick Darks, told police Underwood had been dating a man named “Carlton” for several weeks prior to her death.

 KYTX CBS 19 are reporting that although Darks had no details on the man, a police department employee who knew Underwood said the man played football for Texas College. It was at that point that investigators connected the dots and confirmed that Champion, in fact, played football for the school.
“After reading the text between Champion, Jr. and Underwood, it was clear that the two have had sexual relations with each other,” one detective wrote.

Underwood now joins the list of an unprecedented year for murders involving transwomen of color. Unlike, previous murders we are now, at this very moment, front and center of potential reasons why these murders are consistently happening. A lack of responsibility for one in reporting the news. Again, ignoring media guidelines in reporting on transgender issues. Several stories are running as I type this that are perpetuating the stereotype that a transgender woman "tricked" this man. Even though police have stated that it is know through conversations between the two that they had sexual relations.

The negative comment threads on many tran's people commenting on the story through social media today is astonishing. A world built on a belief of being macho. Men on the down low who seek the affection of transwomen. But for that trans woman, when their relationship grows beyond just the two of them knowing, her life is gone; and those online magazines ran by men paint the man (trans chaser), as the victim. Reallly?



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