Handgun ballistics led to the arrest of a man in Georgia, who is accused of murdering a transgender woman in 2017.

Candace Towns, 30, was found dead between two abandoned homes near downtown Macon, Georgia on Oct. 31, 2017. She had been shot in the face, according to authorities. Towns was the 26th trans person known to be killed in 2017.

Horace Jamal Marsh, 26, was charged with murder July 16 once handgun ballistics matched to a 2018 shooting of a man in Macon, Bibb County Sheriff David Davis told The Telegraph of Macon.

The 2018 shooting also happened on Halloween, and the victim Kibwe Troupe-Steed, although was shot multiple times, recovered. Marsh was arrested on aggravated assault and other charges, according to The Telegraph.

The handgun used in both crimes has been connected back to Marsh, Davis told The Telegraph.

“This is a case almost three years old, but we continue to follow leads on these cases ... These cases never really go cold,” Davis said.

Towns was seen on surveillance video a couple of days before her death. Davis told The Telegraph that investigators will take a fresh look at that grainy video footage to attempt to determine whether Marsh can be identified in it.

Towns was the 23rd transgender person to be slain in the U.S. so far that year, according to the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.

On GLAAD’s website, they honor the 26 trans people known to be killed in 2017, Towns being one of them. All with the exception of two were trans people of color.


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