Transgender Reality Star Beat To Death In Apartment
A transgender woman who starred in a web reality series was found dead Tuesday afternoon in her Fontana apartment.
Domonique Newburn, 31, was found in the living room of her home in Fontana and pronounced dead at 4:30 p.m., according to NBC Los Angeles. She died of "blunt force trauma," according to the San Bernardino County Coroner's Office. The front door of Newburn's apartment was open and there were signs of struggle "inside and outside," according to Fontana Police detective Rich Hunt.
Newburn was one of the stars of "Hollywood Houseboys," a reality television on YouTube show that chronicled four LGBT people of color in Los Angeles. The show had been on hiatus since the first four episodes filmed in 2010, but it had recently been gearing up for a relaunch. In a preview of the series, Newburn said she went by "Domonique Beckham" and discussed being on hormone replacement medication from Mexico.
According to neighbors, Newburn was a good neighbor who usually kept to herself.
"She was very quiet, very nice and you just would never have thought something like this would happen," neighbor Ronald Jackson said in an interview with CBS2.
The suspect in Newburn's death is described as an African-American male in his late 20s or early 30s with an average build. The suspect also took Newburn's car, which is described as a black 2004 Mercedes C240. The car's California license plate is 7AAY925.
"Hollywood Houseboys" creator, Ryan Hope, issued a statement expressing sadness over Newburn's death to NBC Los Angeles:
"We are all deeply shocked and saddened by the tragic loss of our sister, Domonique Newburn. Domonique was an amazing person who's [sic] spirit transcended gender. When we set out to document or lives for reality-television, we never once wished to make headlines like this. Our thoughts, prayers, and condolences are with her family."
Police do not suspect her death was a hate crime.