Posted: 9:07 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013
By Sarah Crow
Domonique Newburn, one of the main cast members ofweb series Hollywood Houseboys, was found murdered in her California apartment on Tuesday, NBC L.A. reports.
Friends of 32-year-old transwoman told reporters for the news channel that they believe her death to be a hate crime.
Police arrived on the scene after being alerted to possible domestic violence at Domonique’s Fontana apartment, about 45 miles outside of Los Angeles. When they arrived, Domonique was found dead from “blunt trauma.” According to police, there were signs of a struggle both inside and outside of the dwelling.
Witnesses say they spotted a man in his late 20s or early 30s leaving Domonique’s home in her 2004 black Mercedes C240 following the dispute. The car was later found parked 13 miles away in San Bernadino’s Perris Hill Park.
Hollywood Houseboys creator Ryan Hope issued the following statement regarding Domonique’s death: “We are all deeply shocked and saddened by the tragic loss of our sister, Domonique Newburn. Domonique was an amazing person who's spirit transcended gender. When we set out to document or lives for reality-television, we never once wished to make headlines like this. Our thoughts, prayers, and condolences are with her family."
Source: NBC L.A.