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Man arrested in killing of transgender woman who was found dead in White Rock Lake

While Dallas police previously called Kendrell Lyles a person of interest in the murder of Chynal Lindsey, a different person was arrested Thursday, sources say.
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Chynal Lindsey

DALLAS — Dallas police have made an arrest in the murder of a transgender woman, Chynal Lindsey, whose body found on June 1 in White Rock Lake.

Ruben Alvarado, a 22-year-old man from Mesquite, was arrested Thursday afternoon in North Dallas. 

At a news conference last week, Dallas police named Kendrell Lavar Lyles as a person of interest in the case but said they were waiting for more evidence to confirm whether he was linked to the Lindsey case.

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22-year-old Ruben Alvarado

On June 5, Lyles was arrested for the murder of Muhlaysia Booker, a transgender woman who was found shot to death on May 18. Booker’s case drew national attention because weeks before her murder she was brutally beaten in a separate incident.

Police also linked Lyles to the murder of a woman at an apartment complex on McCallum Boulevard in far North Dallas on May 22, and a man killed a half a mile away a day later.

While Lyles was also named a person of interest in the killing of Lindsey, police said evidence led them to Alvarado.

Alvarado was booked into the Dallas County Jail on a charge of murder, read a post from Dallas police late Thursday night. 

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