Candace Towns – a 30-year-old transgender woman not seen for three days – was found shot to death on Tuesday at the top of a hill in a blighted neighborhood in Macon.
Towns' body was found in a driveway in the 1500 block of Rosecrest Avenue about 4 p.m. Tuesday after someone called 911 – a day after a missing persons report was filed, according to the Bibb County Sheriff's Office.
Sheriff's deputies found Towns between two abandoned houses. She had been shot and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the sheriff's office.
Officials are investigating Towns' death as a homicide. She had last been seen alive on Saturday, the sheriff's office told the Macon Telegraph.
Bibb County Chief Deputy Coroner Lonnie Miley said Towns’ family said she had been staying at the Rodeway Inn off Eisenhower Parkway. Miley said he was sure the death was a homicide.
Friends and family hugged each other and sobbed as a hearse arrived with a crime scene unit.
“If I needed anything she would give it to me. She would give me the clothes off her back,” Monroe said of Towns. “I just don’t know who would want to do something like this to a good friend of mine, but I hope whoever did this, I hope God don’t have mercy on your soul, baby.”
In 2009, Towns was shot in the ankle about a block from where her body was found Tuesday, according the Telegraph.
Towns is as least the 25th transgender person killed in the U.S. this year, according to the Human Rights Campaign.
[h/t Georgia Voice]