A Los Angeles Clippers player's sister was apparently beaten to death in Baltimore on Wednesday, according to police and the player's Twitter account.
Baltimore Police Lt. John Kowalczyk told the Los Angeles Times that Mia Henderson, formerly known as Kevin Long, was found suffering from serious injuries by officers who were trying to serve an unrelated warrant around 5:50 a.m. Wednesday.
The victim was unconscious when she was discovered in the back of a residence and had sustained severe trauma to the body, Kowalczyk said. The officers called for paramedics, but Henderson was pronounced dead a short time later.
Reggie Bullock, a second-year shooting guard drafted by the Clippers in 2013, wrote on his verified Twitter account in response to questions from reporters: "All I can say is my brother showed me how to live your 'OWN LIFE' love you soo much man. Gone but not forgotten."
Bullock also attached the hashtag #RIPKEVIN to several mournful tweets.
A spokesperson for the Clippers said the incident was a private matter for Bullock and his family and declined to comment further.
It was too early to tell if Henderson's transgender status played a role in the killing, according to Kowalczyk, who declined to identify the weapon used in the slaying.
Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts held a meeting with the city's transgender community Wednesday to allay fears and to encourage potential witnesses in Henderson's death to come forward, Kowalcyzk said.
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