KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the death of a transgender woman who died after being run over several times in northeast Kansas City.
The Kansas City Star reports that 36-year-old Tamara Dominquez was injured early Saturday and died at a hospital.
Officers who responded to a report of an injured pedestrian found the victim unresponsive in a parking lot. A witness told officers that the victim got out of the vehicle before the vehicle’s driver struck and ran over the victim several times.
Her boyfriend, Rene Antonio Alas, said Dominquez was a native of Veracruz, Mexico, and came to the United States to escape discrimination against transgender individuals.
Investigators haven’t determined whether the death represents a hate crime. Police initially identified the victim as Jesus E. Dominguez.