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Friday, February 6, 2015

Suspect in Transgender Killing Found Dead, Hanging From a Fence (UPDATE)

Posted By and on Fri, Feb 6, 2015 at 3:45 PM

Taja DeJesus
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Update: See below. 

The suspect in the stabbing death of a transgender woman was found dead behind a warehouse half a mile from the crime scene, SF Weekly has learned

Police sources close to the investigation tell us that the suspect, who is not being named, was found hanging by the neck from a fence and apparently "killed himself after the stabbing." The victim was identified yesterday as 36-year-old Taja DeJesus. 

According to our sources, the suspect, who was discovered dead Monday on the 4000 block of Third Street, was dressed in the same clothes he was wearing when he allegedly stabbed DeJesus. The victim was found at about 9 a.m. Sunday on the steps of a building stairwell at 1400 McKinnon near Lane Street in the city's Bayview neighborhood. Per sources, DeJesus was only partially clad when discovered. 

Police Spokesman Officer Albie Esparza remained tight-lipped about the case, only saying that the stabbing is not being investigated as a hate crime. He would not release further details, but said the suspect has been identified and "is not a threat to public safety."

Update, Saturday, Feb. 7, 9:40 a.m.: The Medical Examiner has confirmed that on Monday a 49-year-old man named James Hayes was found dead on the 4000 block of Third Street. Hayes' place of residence is unconfirmed. 

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