TDoR 2022 / 2022 / July / 09 / Sabrina Houston

Sabrina Houston

Age 37

9 Jul 2022
Talinn, Harju (Estonia)

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Sabrina Houston
Sabrina Houston [photo:]

Sabrina's body was found with stab wounds in an apartment. A suspect has been arrested.

A foreigner found murdered in an apartment in Tallinn's Town Hall Square earlier this month has been identified as Sabrina Houston, 37, a trans Black woman from Jamaica, Estonian online news portal Delfi reports.

The Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) confirmed on Monday that the foreigner found murdered on July 9 was a trans Jamaican citizen, the online news portal reported. The police declined to comment on the motive, as the investigation is still in its early stages.

Local resident Kirill Lukin, 23, was arrested on July 12 and has not denied murdering Houston.

A second local man, 32, initially detained together with Lukin, was later freed; evidence collected thus far proved that while the two men had been spotted by cameras moving around together, the second man had not committed the murder, explained Kelly Kruusimägi, senior prosecutor at the Northern District Prosecutor's Office Department for Drug-related, Grave and Organized Crimes.

Anette Maletjärv, cooperation officer at the Estonian LGBT Association, tweeted about Houston's murder on Monday, sharing screenshots of the public message posted by Houston's cousin Aryelle Freeman Hopelezz confirming the victim's identity as well as expressing their dismay that the Estonian media had misgendered Houston in earlier coverage.

"On July 9, a young Black trans woman was murdered in Tallinn," Maletjärv wrote in Estonian. "This is a terribly tragedy and I am in shock. I haven't heard of a single case of an LGBT person being killed in Estonia before. The murder victim's gender identity has not been reported correctly in the media."

Police were notified at midday on Saturday, July 9 that a body bearing signs of violence had been found in a rental apartment in Tallinn's Old Town; Lukin and the second man were detained in connection with the murder around 1:30 p.m. the next day. According to the allegations, Lukin repeatedly stabbed Houston, a casual acquaintance, in the apartment that same morning.

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Report added: 27 Jul 2022. Last updated: 8 Nov 2022

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