The uncovered body of a transgender woman was found last in a driveway on Saturday at Drexel Avenue near East 108th Street. Brandi Bledsoe, 32, apparently suffered head trauma, and her death has been ruled as a suspected homicide by the Cleveland police.
Brandi was wearing only underwear and had white plastic bags covering her head and both hands when she was found, according to police reports. The medical examiner has not offered an official ruling on how she died, though.
Officer Ciaccia further added that “the investigation is in its early stages and it’s too early to determine of motive for Bledsoe’s death.”
No arrests have been made so far.
Bledsoe’s cousin John Craggett, remembering the victim, told Fox News that the she had announced about two years ago to the family that she wanted to be identified as Brandi.
“She wasn’t very outgoing before she told us,” Craggett said. “She just wasn’t happy with who she was. When she told us, she was honestly a lot better as Brandi. She was happy.”
“He was an artist. He was a self-made artist. God just gave him this talent. He was home-schooled so he never took a formal art class, but he had this amazing talent. And you know, he would do anything for anybody,” said Bledsoe’s grandfather who knew the victim as Brandon.
Police are looking for suspects and trying to figure out a motive for the transgender‘s homicide.
Anyone with information about the deceased or anything related to the murder is requested to call the Cleveland Division of Police Homicide Unit at 216-623-5464.