A Black transgender woman was found murdered in Fairmount Heights, Maryland.
Zoe Spears, 23, was found about four blocks away from where Ashanti Carmon, another Black transgender woman, was murdered on March 30. Carmon's case is unsolved, according to authorities.
Prince George's County Police Maj. Brian Reilly held a press briefing asking for the public to come forward with any further information.
"If anyone was in that area last night between the hours of about 10 at night to about midnight, we are asking the public's help in letting us know if they saw anything suspicious to please reach out to us at 1-800-411-TIPS," Reilly said.
Reilly also revealed that he is looking into whether the two murders are connected:
"At this point in the investigation, there is no direct link that we see at this point, but that is obviously something we are monitoring very closely to see if there are any links," Reilly said.
"It's unusual that we had two murders like this within a couple blocks of each other," Reilly said. "What we will say to the community out there: Look out for each other."
Several reports are indicating that Spears may have witnessed Carmon's murder, but Reilly refused to comment. The Washington Post reports that Spears remained fearful for her own life after witnessing her friend’s murder.
According to data from the Human Rights Campaign, at least ten transgender women of color have been killed in the U.S. this year alone.
Presidential hopeful Julián Castro tweeted the following after news broke of Spears' death:
"There’s a crisis of black trans women being targeted and murdered across the U.S. We need to act to protect and support trans women from violence—and we need to do it now.”