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Murder charge filed in Kansas City transgender death

Luis Sanchez, 29, of Kansas City, has been charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the killing of Tamara Dominguez in August. Dominguez reportedly moved to the U.S. to escape discrimination against transgender people.
Luis Sanchez, 29, of Kansas City, has been charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the killing of Tamara Dominguez in August. Dominguez reportedly moved to the U.S. to escape discrimination against transgender people.

A charge of first-degree murder has been filed against a man accused of running down Tamara Dominguez, who reportedly came to the United States to escape discrimination against transgender people.

Luis Sanchez, 29, of Kansas City, is also charged with armed criminal action in the Aug. 15 killing of Dominguez, 36. Dominguez was run over several times early in the morning near the intersection of Independence and Spruce avenues.

Police initially identified the victim as Jesus E. Dominguez. A man who said he was Dominguez’s boyfriend said she lived her life completely as a female. The boyfriend said Dominguez was a native of Veracruz, Mexico, who had lived in the United States for about seven years.

According to court records, a witness told police he saw a black SUV parked near the intersection and saw the victim get out through the front passenger door and slam it before walking away. He said he heard an impact and saw the vehicle bump as if it was driving over the victim.

The witness said the van than backed over the victim before stopping and running over the victim again.

Court records say surveillance video captured Dominguez getting into a vehicle, the description of which was released to the public. A tip led police to Sanchez. Court records said Dominguez’s DNA was found underneath the chassis of Sanchez’s black Chevrolet Avalanche.

Court records say Sanchez stopped showing up for work at his construction job after his vehicle was seized.

Records say Sanchez’s stepfather and sister told police that he had acknowledged to each of them that he had hit someone with the Avalanche but that he had done so in self-defense. The relatives said Sanchez had moved to Colorado.

Charges against Sanchez were filed under seal on April 15 and a warrant was issued for his arrest. The charges were unsealed Friday after his arrest in Colorado. Bond was set at $250,000 cash.

Matt Campbell: 816-234-4902, @MattCampbellKC

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