HOUSTON - A suspect has been arrested and charged in two murders in midtown earlier this month.

Tariq Lackings, 23, is charged with capital murder.

The victims, 34-year-old Robert Issac and 33-year-old Willie Sims, were pronounced dead at the scene at 1100 Dennis on April 10. Both victims suffered stab wounds. Issac also suffered gunshot wounds.

Relatives and friends said that Issac recently began living her life as a transgender woman named Shante Thompson.

Police haven’t speculated on a motive in the killings, but Thompson’s mother says Thompson was no stranger to conflict.

“They were bothering him. They kept on picking on him,” Leola Thompson, the victim’s mother, said. “He (Shante) was telling me that for a long time, they have been bothering him and bothering him. I’ve been trying to keep him down from this way.”

“It really hurts me. I have always looked for Shante. I was always been there for her,” Kevin Braxton, victim’s friend, said. “When I got the call and saw her laying on the ground it really hurt my heart.”

Relatives say Thompson was killed just one month shy of her 35th birthday.

Investigators believe there are additional suspects involved.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.