Artegus Konyale MaddenAge 34
30 Aug 2013
Savannah, Texas (USA)
TDoR list ref: tgeu/30-Aug-2013/Konyale Madden
Konyale was found dead in her home from a gunshot wound to the neck.
SAVANNAH, Denton County — Investigators with the Denton County Sheriff’s Office have few answers about the death of transgender woman Artegus Konyale Madden.
Madden, 34, was found dead in her home on Hayden Lane in Savannah Estates by friends on Sept. 1. Savannah is a small town east of Denton.
Madden’s death was ruled a homicide by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office, which covers Denton County. She was killed in her living room with the cause of death a gunshot wound to the neck.
Investigators are not releasing much information surrounding the incident. No motive or suspect information has been made public. The lead investigator on the case has not returned numerous calls over several weeks.
Madden grew up in Longview and attended the University of Texas at Arlington, according to her obituary. She attended services at the Potter’s House of Dallas regularly.
The Rev. Carmarion Anderson, who is also trans, said she met Madden about 10 years ago through a mutual family member. She said she had a passion for living free and was a spiritual person, often saying that “living her ‘truth’ was the appropriate way to display the Love of Christ provided to humanity.”
Madden’s death was heartbreaking for Anderson, who said she was even more upset by the way her death has been handled by authorities.
“I am more challenged regarding how her murder has been handled by the authorities with no active actions being taken for due-justice,” she said. “As a transgender individual, activist and minister of the gospel, I am very concerned about the increase in deaths due to violence in the transgender community at-large.”
TvT project: Longview News Journal 06.09.2013 & Dallas Voice 10.09.2013