Sketch released of suspect in transgender's murder

HOUSTON Nathan Davis was born a man but dressed and lived as a woman. Davis was well known in this north side community. His murder has sparked outrage and concern.

Davis was a familiar face at a north side convenience store.

Store owner Manu Pooprya recalled, "He was a good customer of ours. He used to play Lotto, especially Pick 3. I know his numbers he played."

Early Monday morning, the 44-year-old who was born a man but lived as a woman, was found murdered across the street behind a large trash container. He'd been shot in the head. Investigators say Davis was wearing a wig, a red dress and full make up. The transgender female lived with friends at a nearby apartment complex.

"He was known to prostitute in the area, but it is unknown at the time of this murder if that's what he indeed was doing," said Sgt. Colin Howard with the Houston Police Department.

Police have no motive for the killing, just a composite sketch of a man seen running from the murder scene. Eyewitnesses told police they saw the suspect on his cell phone and overheard him ask someone to pick him up while in a nearby parking lot.

Those who knew Davis say none of it makes sense.

Store customer Angelo Caban said, "It's sad what happened to him. He was very respectful, never hurt nobody, never dissed nobody, was real nice to people. He would keep to himself, you know, it's sad. "

The suspect is described as a black male, 5'11" with a muscular build. He was wearing a white muscle shirt, black sweatpants and white tennis shoes. He's believed to be in his 20s or 30s.

If you know who the man in the composite sketch is or have any information about the case, call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS. A $5,000 cash reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest.

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