Transgender woman murdered in North Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- A transgender woman was murdered just steps away from her home in north Memphis Friday night.

Alejandra Leos was shot in the 1600 block of Berkshire.

Flowers, candles, and memories are the only things left to remember Leos, Irma Caballerro told WREG.

Caballerro is Leos' mother, and only speaks Spanish. Melisa Smith, a family friend, translated what Caballerro said about her daughter.

"She doesn't have any words right now. She's still in shock, and we're all still in shock," Smith said.

Police identified Leos as a man, but family members said she lived life as a woman.

"He was a human being," Smith said.

Police are still working to determine who shot Leos, but a spokesperson for the Memphis Police Department will not reveal if the shooting was a possible hate crime.

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Family members believe someone was harassing Leos and killed her.

It was a sad day for someone they said was so kind and giving.

"You don't have a jacket? I'll give it to you.  It was to the point where if you didn't have no place to sleep he would help you. Here come and lay on my couch. Don't worry. Don't worry. You can stay here," Smith said.

Even in the darkest hour for family and friends, they remembered the moments Leos lit up their lives.

"Alejandro would say, 'If you don't know Alejandra, then you don't know Memphis,'" Smith said with a laugh.

Leos' life was taken away on the very streets she loved. All that's left in the place where she died are the flowers, the candles, and the memories.

Police report the killing is an ongoing investigation.

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Smith told WREG a funeral is planned for Leos on Wednesday between 5 and 8 p.m. at Hickory Hill Funeral Home.

Family members ask those who would like to help with funeral expenses to contact the funeral home directly.