Chicago man charged in murder of trans woman

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Orlando Perez (Photo from CPD)

CHICAGO — An 18-year-old man has been charged and denied bail in the killing of a transgender woman on Chicago’s south side.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported that Orlando Perez confessed to killing 37-year-old Selena Reyes-Hernandez on May 31. He was allegedly upset that she had revealed she was trans.

According to the newspaper, he had left her apartment after she said she was trans, then returned 20 minutes later to shoot her in the head and back. Then returned again to shoot her body.

Prosecutors said a number of security cameras captured Perez leaving and then returning with a handgun, WGN-TV reported.

In the police report about Perez’s arrest, the department referred to Reyes-Hernandez as a “37-year-old man.” The Sun-Times reported that the Cook County Medical Examiner also referred to her by her old name. Prosecutors referred to her as Selena.

Perez was arrested on Sunday.

According to WGN, Perez was denied bail and is due in court again on July 7.

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