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Gang member pleads guilty in death of transgender woman

Posted June 13

Police said the remains of Elisha Walker, 20, who was last heard from on Oct. 23, were discovered Thursday in a crude grave in the woods behind the home of Angel Arias, 23, at 224 Homestead Lane near Smithfield in Johnston County.

— A gang member has pleaded guilty to killing a transgender woman whose remains were found in a shallow grave in North Carolina.

The Salisbury Post reports ( ) Latin Kings gang member Angel Arias pleaded guilty Tuesday to second-degree murder in the death of Elisha Walker, whose body was found in Johnston County in July 2015. He was sentenced to 19 to 24 years in prison.

Rowan County officials had been investigating Walker's disappearance since October 2014.

Investigators have said Arias and Walker were in a relationship for several months and that he had tried to break up with Walker. They say he told detectives he killed Walker at his home.

Autopsy records show Walker was asphyxiated and received blunt-force injuries and stab wounds.


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  • John Jones Jun 14, 11:17 a.m.
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    What does his sexuality have to do with it? Did he kill him because he was a dude with male parts trying to pass himself off as a female?

  • Melanie Lane Jun 14, 8:26 a.m.
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    but according to advocates for hb2 nobody kills transgender people.. this must be fake news.