Chrissie Bates, transgender homicide victim, found stabbed downtown

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Chrissie Bates, a transgender woman living northeast of the Basilica of St. Mary in downtown Minneapolis, is the city's first homicide victim this year.

Formerly known as Christopher Bates, Chrissie was found dead Monday in an apartment at 1302 Linden Ave.

Police have not officially identified Bates, but Timothy Bates--a neighbor who shares Chrissie's last name but is not related--named her.

A family member asked the building management to check on Chrissie, according to Minneapolis Police. Chrissie was found on the floor with what appeared to be stab wounds, and the police were called in.

MPD has launched a homicide investigation. In the meantime, Timothy Bates blamed building management in Chrissie's death.

"A person is dead because of their inaction," Bates says. "They won't guarantee that the doors were locked and shut properly."

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1302 Linden Ave., where Chrissie Bates was killed
Timothy Bates says that Chrissie had mentioned that she had recently been sexually assaulted, and that her apartment window was broken. When she complained, management told her she would have to pay for the window herself, Bates says.

"She told me that she was concerned for her safety," Bates says. "Management said, that's really not our problem, call the police."

Timothy Bates said that he has complained about the building management twice to the Minneapolis Housing Office because they have treated him badly.

We attempted to contact the building manager, Mary Miller of Cedar Management, but she could not be immediately reached.

"This is just a huge tragedy," said Rebecca Waggoner, anti-violence program director for OutFront Minnesota. "We have been in contact with the Minneapolis Police Department and they have assured us that they are committed to solving it."

Tomorrow, Bates plans to meet with more people from the City to file more complaints about the building management. Tonight, he is recovering from the trauma of the past 24 hours.

"Last night I was just really shaken up," Bates says. "I was just shocked. The police wouldn't tell me whether or not he was killed or not. Based on what I heard from the tenant - when I saw the police, my heart sank. I said, Please tell me this is not what I think it was."

UPDATE 1: Chrissie Bates's cause of death: complex homicidal violence

UPDATE 2: Chrissie Bates's photo: murder victim was working as a prostitute



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Mamalilli
Mamalilli

The bitter bickering and fighting back and fourth over petty issues is RIDICULOUS! This is simply about a woman, Chrissy Bates, who lost her life due to some psycho path. Rest in peace Chrissy and I WILL BE THERE AT HIS SENTENCING TO MAKE SURE JUSTICE WAS SERVED!

Jj
Jj

Is this really the right time to put a Rent 411 link under her apartment?

Janeitian
Janeitian

Whats the big fuss? I think Transgender is appropriate as it doesnt need to get into the persons sex. It can become tideous when you explain Christopher's penis was slashed and then Christie 'transformed'!

howeecarr
howeecarr

MPD has launched a homicide investigation. In the meantime, Timothy Bates blamed building management in Chrissie's death.

"A person is dead because of their inaction," Bates says. "They won't guarantee that the doors were locked and shut properly."

WRONG! Bates is dead because of the perp who killed her.

peace
peace

My sympathies to her family and survivors. I did not know her, but this is terribly sad.

Laurent Taylor -   Ts-Singer
Laurent Taylor - Ts-Singer

R.I.P Sweet Angel.......... I Pray God the police finds this Monster Immediatly and let her family and friends tear his fucking head off his shoulders................!

TS Singer-Songwriter,Laurent Taylor

Chris Durant
Chris Durant

This needs ATTENTION. I sure hope the local stations cover this!

Chris Durant
Chris Durant

I sure the local news stations cover this story!!!!!!

Gulfstream518
Gulfstream518

is it still politically correct to call queers faggots? just wondering?

Timbates123
Timbates123

Outfront is hoping to plan a vigil for "Chrissie". Contact them @ 612.822.8756 for details.

Katie Berger Tremaine
Katie Berger Tremaine

If anyone has stories about Ms. Bates, PLEASE share them... we need to hear her story. She does not deserve to die forgotten.

No one does.

Seana
Seana

The building photo was pulled from an apartment finder site Rent 411 and the link off of that photo takes one to an ad to rent vacant apartments in that building. This is complete laziness, really crass commercialism (given the story) or a deeply sick joke.

Devichan
Devichan

Such a tragedy. May her spirit find peace.

Will
Will

As LaraEmilyFoley states, there is no reason to include Chrissie's former name in this article. In addition, please correct the pronoun usage in the quote in the last paragraph referring to her. These issues would not surface in articles about ciswomen/men; there is absolutely no reason why they should appear when discussing a transwoman.

LaraEmilyFoley
LaraEmilyFoley

Can I ask why you felt the need to give Ms. Bates old name, it is completely irrelevant to the story also for future notice transgendered is not an actual word and can be rather offensive to transpeople. Please use transwoman or transman in the future

Simba722
Simba722

I would like an update as to what happnes to the scum bag who did this to Chrisse.He should die a very slow death! Chrissie could be a pain sometimes but can't we all!

Timbates123
Timbates123

Pardon me but.... Christopher/Chrissie told me. She was assaulted by two people associated with a certain neighbor. Had complained to management. About the issue. Managements only concern according to her; was charging her for a window broken in her apartment during that assault. She expressed concern over un secured doors due to snow and ice blocking them, of them being deliberatley blocked open. Of people coming and going. Of managements derisive, condescending behavior towards her. How she expressed fear to them and they dismissively told her "It's not our problem, it's a police matter." She mentioned conversations from certain neighbors about "getting her." Her fear, and anger at being angrily dismissed by management. Other gay tenants have issue with their treatment here too. One couple sued, and settled out of court for bad treatment by management. Some are just gearing up. This is one death, but the common theme is: This management's treatment of several gay tenants is utterly deplorable. Tales of harrasment, obnoxious rude behavior, by tenants and management. Rampant pest issues. Certain units have been of concern to many of us. Home should never have to be a place where you have to watch your back, yet thanks to certain problem tenants, and flat out horrible management. The end result was a death that could have been averted. So much for "Home sweet home."

Paulinepark
Paulinepark

Well, GLAAD has it wrong; 'transgendered' is a word and is in fact the word I use to describe myself. In contrast, 'transgender' is simply incorrect when applied to people and strikes me as somewhat dehumanizing. After all, we are all gendered people, whether we are transgendered or not.http://www.bigqueer.com/index....

huladavid
huladavid

What does this have to do with the death of a transwoman?

Erica Anderson
Erica Anderson

I bet Fred Phelps would love to have you as a member of his inbred, hillbilly cult the Westboro Baptist Church.

Sideways
Sideways

only if its ok to call oil men earth rapers and retards.

jack_sprat
jack_sprat

@Will There is good reason to do so in such matters. Death takes with it many of the privileges of privacy, such as they are in today's world. Far more hurtful things are revealed, routinely. As it is, there's nothing shameful in her past; plus, there's the likelihood that she will have mourners who may not even know her as she came to be. The ill-wishers and malicious gawkers come with the territory. Leave them to their self-imposed misery.

koiulpoi
koiulpoi

The last paragraph is a direct quote from an individual. You do not "correct" what someone says; that would be lying. If Timothy Bates said "he", the quote should be "he". The best the author can do is put in "[sic]", which breaks the flow of the article.

Timbates123
Timbates123

He went by both names. He was my old neighbor.

Jen Boyles - Webmaster
Jen Boyles - Webmaster

Lara -- thanks for letting us know your opinion on this. I agree with you on the "transgendered" term and have removed it from the story.

Peter
Peter

Who are you to dictate what words someone can and cannot use? The insufferable arrogance...

Timbates123
Timbates123

Whomever did this too her. I hope they rot in hell. This person was scared. Expressed concern, ssked for advice on filing complaints via 311. She told a hell of a story with a common theme told by other gays, former caretakers. This is a place full of shenaningans du jour. How many times must folks ask for help with problem people? Complain to the police about people smoking stuff from glass pipes in the hallways? So many calls to the police in just six months! I am glad to be moving out of this place. Afghanistan is safer.

LaraEmilyFoley
LaraEmilyFoley

You're free to use transgendered if you want but to just dismiss the position of GLAAD which is supported by a large portion of the LGBT community is not right either and given that a lot of transpeople are flat out offended by the usage of transgendered it's best that the cisgender media not use it.And I'd note that many disagreed with you on your very article that you just posted.

I'll explain my view like this when I say I am a transgender woman, I'm saying I am a Woman who also happens to be transgender. If someone says I'm a transgendered woman it implies that in order for me to be an actual woman something had to be done to me. It would imply that my gender was never female until I started dressing,started hormones, had the surgery, whatever.

Also few people say we are gendered people, we are people with gender. Much like POC are people of colour and not coloured people . Even if that weren't the case gendered is an acceptable grammatical term because gender is also a verb,you can say gendering in a sentence. Transgender is not a verb so you cannot say transgendering in a sentence

I fully support you in your right to refer to yourself however you wish and also support your right to ask that others also refer to you explicitly the same way

Will
Will

"[Sic]" is an option, or replacing the "he" with "[she]," as it is clear that Timothy Bates was referring to Chrissie. That's not lying, that's just respectful.

Agent_J
Agent_J

She may not have wanted those people to know. I am in the midst of doing exactly that - I'm carefully selecting who will know and most who knew me before I transitioned will not (I'm ending contact with them.)

Former name is a very tense issue for transgender people as, for many, it is used as a weapon against them, to ungender them and negate their lived lives, and demand that the name they were assigned by someone else is more legitimate than their real name.

Alexandra
Alexandra

Thank you. Could you address the old name issue as well? Why is it in the story, when it has no apparent relevance to the news of this woman's murder?

Ashjkash
Ashjkash

it's also in the AP guidelines. Seriously, what is your deal?

Andro
Andro

Would you like someone to call you by a name that you don't affiliate or identify with? Especially since she is deceased and is helpless to do anything..."the insufferable arrogance."

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

It all goes to show who the intolerant ones really are. But, I thought all they wanted was to be accepted? Where is all the "diversity and tolerance"?

eBomb
eBomb

Actually, this is completely correct. "transgendered" is not a word. It is like saying "a Jewished person". it's simply grammatically inaccurate.

Also, using a trans person's birth name is irrelevant to the story. The media use it to sensationalize a story all the time. The arrogance is yours, Luno. Check yourself.

Alexandra
Alexandra

Luno: I would assume Lara is someone who has some familiarity with transgender issues, which you clearly do not, given your ridiculous umbrage. Step off.

Check GLAAD's Media Reference Guide. You will find that Lara's suggestions are in fact the standard for reporting on transgender people.http://www.glaad.org/reference...

shirley
shirley

shenanigans du jour sounds like it should be more fun than this! i'm sorry that you have to live in the gay afghanistan. we are all living in a gay afghanistan though- all of us whom are persecuted for being GLBTs.

jack_sprat
jack_sprat

@Amber Yust An example from personal experience. More than 30 years ago, long before such matters were general knowledge, I returned from a three-year layoff to an automobile plant. I had worked with Rose, haphazardly, on several dozen occasions, but we were never acquainted outside of work. In any case, she was a very guarded person, the reason for which I more or less guessed, without ever having discussed (that of which I had no clear grasp) the matter with anyone, her included.

I found her dry, acerbic wit pleasurable, so, when I, by chance, found myself seated nearby during a lengthy orientation session in a large auditorium, I attempted to renew our acquaintance. I was rebuffed, which didn't come entirely as a surprise, given the calculated alteration in the appearance that he now chose to  set before the world.

Not wishing to pry, or otherwise make him uncomfortable, I let it go. Alas, in a small city that housed more than 7,300 people during shift change, I never again ran across him.

Still, did any such calamity as this ever overtake him, I would have made it a point to stand at his side, even though the caution which had no doubt informed him of the risks of such things-- and wearied him of both well- and ill-meaning curiosity--caused him to shy from that contact on that day.

How might I have done so, given that he never re-introduced himself to me?

Amber Yust
Amber Yust

@Jen Boyles (because it won't let me reply directly to your comment):

If there were "people who knew her before" who *didn't* now know her by her new name, that's probably because *she didn't want them to know her anymore*. After all, most people who remain in contact with one another tend to be informed of things like name changes. So in general, adding what their name used to be tends to come across as insensitive and detracting from the legitimacy of the person's identity.

Jen Boyles - Webmaster
Jen Boyles - Webmaster

I understand your point, although I think in this case it was included because there are likely many people who knew her before and it's added as an informative detail. As for Allane's point, when a person gets married they are not leaving behind another identity altogether. Usually it IS mentioned if someone is killed and they used an alias or were known by another name or nickname. Sometimes maiden names are added if if it was a very recent marriage. I assure you nothing in this article was meant to be offensive. Thanks for your perspectives, and for those who knew her, I"m sorry for your loss. - Jen

Amber Yust
Amber Yust

Seconded. Why is it relevant what their name used to be? When people write news stories about married individuals who happened to have taken their partner's last name, they don't say "Mrs. Smith, formerly known as Ms. Doe" now, do they?

jack_sprat
jack_sprat

@Kirk the Conservative Jerk P.S. Go easy on old Kirk. He's a very scared little man. Imagine being him! Finding compassion for him would be a mitzvah.

Seana
Seana

The tolerance was clearly not present on Linden Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota when someone used a weapon to eliminate diversity by killing a human being.

jack_sprat
jack_sprat

@eBomb As a matter of narrow politics, perhaps, but not as a matter of semantics. The former comes to be so because people mistakenly understand TGs to be manufactured in some laboratory, which would cheese me off, too. In truth, they are TG in the womb; whether or not they later "do something about it" is a matter of great consequence to them and their loved ones, no doubt, but the transgendering was done by old Mother Nature. 

Whether She was wise, indifferent, or malicious is besides the point. There's little good that comes from arguing with the gods.

Trans- prefix. (from Dictionary.com) From the Latin meaning transcend, transfix. Across; beyond; through; changing thoroughly; transverse. 

Transverse, adj. (from Free Merriam-Webster.com) "Acting, lying, or being across : set crosswise."

Clearly, it is about not only the result, but the process. Therefore, it's appropriate as both noun AND verb. The confusion in the minds of most everyone (it sometimes seems) is in the NATURE of the process in question. With the exception of some late-in-life persons who (only now) "discover" their TG--who are now, hopefully correctly, weeded through with recourse to competent mental health professionals--it's all about making accommodations between one's self and one's form and the world.

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