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Woman found dead at apartment complex identified as transgender activist Monica Roberts

Monica Roberts, 58, was a trailblazing transgender woman who won several awards for her work on behalf of members of the trans community.

HOUSTON — A woman found dead in an apartment complex parking lot Tuesday morning has been identified,  according to the Houston Police Department.

Monica Roberts, 58, was found early Tuesday lying in the parking lot of an apartment complex at 3030 Elmside Drive in southwest Houston.

Police initially said she was the victim of a hit-and-run but an  autopsy later revealed Roberts suffered a medical emergency.

She was a transgender rights advocate and journalist who spent 15 years chronicling the lives of Black transgender women through her award-winning blog TransGriot. Her stories shed light on the violence faced by so many in her community.

RELATED: Houston journalist Monica Roberts remembered as trailblazer and ‘powerful voice for transgender rights’

"The loss of Monica Roberts is devastating. She was an unstoppable advocate and a powerful voice, always speaking up for justice and uplifting the trans community," GLAAD President Sarah Kate Ellis said.

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