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Black transgender woman found dead in East Oak Cliff, police say

A 22-year-old Black transgender woman was found dead from apparent gunshot wounds in an East Oak Cliff parking lot early Tuesday morning, Dallas police said.

This story has been updated with the woman's preferred name. 

A 22-year-old Black transgender woman was found dead from apparent gunshot wounds in an East Oak Cliff parking lot early Tuesday morning, Dallas police said.

A passerby found the woman unconscious in the Rosemont Apartments parking lot around 6:15 a.m., police said.

She has been identified as Merci Mack, according to social media posts about the woman's death. 

Dallas Fire-Rescue responded and pronounced the woman dead at the scene from apparent gunshot wounds, police said. 

Residents at the apartment complex told police they heard gunshots around 5 a.m., but police said there were no records of 911 calls at that time from that location.

Police said they had not been given the woman's preferred name and identified her by her birth name.

Anyone with any information on what happened is asked to contact Det. Brian Tabor of the Dallas Police Department Homicide Unit by phone at 214-671-3605 or by email at brian.tabor@dallascityhall.com. Reference case no. 114244-2020.

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