Taya AshtonAge 20
17 Jul 2021
Suitland, Maryland (USA)
Taya was shot inside her home. A man she was in a relationship with was subsequently arrested on charges of first and second degree murder.
WASHINGTON (7News) — After a transgender woman was killed inside her Suiltand apartment Saturday night, Prince George's County Police are still looking for the shooter.
It was around 10 p.m. when officers responded to the 2300 block of Brooks Drive and found 20-year-old Taya Ashton suffering from a gunshot wound. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Investigators do not believe it was a random crime, and have also "uncovered no evidence suggesting Taya’s murder was due to her gender identity," according to a statement. "But as in all cases, we explore all possibilities."
On 19th July police arrested DeAllen Davonta Price, 27, and charged him with first and second degree murder. Price had been in a relationship with Taya.
Police in Prince George’s County, Md., have arrested a suspect in the death of 20-year-old transgender woman Taya Ashton, who was fatally shot last Saturday in her apartment in Suitland, Md.
DeAllen Davonta Price, 27, of District Heights, Md., is charged with first-degree and second-degree murder, among other crimes, the Washington Blade reports. He had been arrested by Arlington County, Va., police Monday on an unrelated robbery charge as he was trying to escape through a train tunnel. Prince George’s County and Arlington County are both part of the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.
With the assistance of Metro Transit Police, Prince George’s County Police detectives and a K9 officer searched those tracks and recovered a weapon that’s now been linked to Taya’s murder,” Prince George’s police said in a Wednesday statement. Price was in custody in Virginia, pending extradition to Maryland, and police are still trying to determine a motive, although they do not believe Ashton’s murder was linked to her gender identity, the statement said.