Detectives continue to seek information about transgender woman's killing

Chayviss 'Chay' Darice Reed, 28, gunned down April 27, police say

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – Miami-Dade police detectives continue to seek information about a transgender woman's death, months after she was killed.

Police said Chayviss "Chay" Darice Reed, 28, was fatally shot at about 4:45 a.m. April 27 in the area of Northwest 27th Avenue and 93rd Street in Miami-Dade County's West Little River neighborhood.

"It was my child, and it shouldn't have happened like this," Reed's mother, Precious Sharpe-Mcqueen, said.  

A witness, whose home surveillance footage was reviewed by detectives, told Local 10 News that he saw several people down the sidewalk sometime before 5 a.m.

He said one person started running across the street, and then he heard six to seven gunshots.

He said he saw one person fall to the ground.

Reed was pronounced dead at the scene.

A motive for the shooting is unknown, but Reed's mother said her daughter was harassed daily for being transgender.

Detectives said Reed had engaged in prostitution in the past, but could not say whether that led to the shooting. 

Regardless, Sharpe-Mcqueen said her oldest child did not deserve to be shot. 

"If this was your child, I know you'd be here sitting right where I am, asking for the same thing. Please help," she said.  

Reed was the ninth transgender woman in the U.S. to be killed this year, according to The Advocate, a magazine that covers the LGBTQ community.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. 

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