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Chrishaun McDonald, Dean Schmitz's accused killer, allegedly reacted to transgender slur

Chrishaun McDonald was charged last week with stabbing Dean Schmitz to death near the Schooner Tavern in south Minneapolis, and now there may be a clue as to why.

Although 23-year-old McDonald is being charged as a man, he's transgender, and he got into a fight with 47-year-old Schmitz, who taunted McDonald about his looks.

He said, " 'Did you think you were going to rape somebody in those girl clothes?'" Latavia Taylor, McDonald's roommate, told the Star Tribune. Some racial epithets may have been tossed around too.

Police haven't confirmed the Strib's reporting.

The brawl started early in the morning of June 6. By the time police and medics arrived at the scene, they found Schmitz down in the street, and couldn't save him. McDonald was arrested that night; he claimed Schmitz ran into a pair of scissors.

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2011 Minneapolis Homicides:

Krissy Bates, 45, was strangled, stabbed, and beaten to death on January 11 in her apartment at 1302 Linden Ave. Arnold Darwin Waukazo, her boyfriend, has been charged with murdering Bates, who was transgender.

Stanley Curtis Rogers, 58, was shot dead on the night of January 21 in what police describe as a robbery gone bad in an alley behind 3656 Clinton Ave. S. Ladell James Antone Johnson, 18, has been charged with his murder.

Jeremee Jon Kraskey, 32, died of multiple gunshot wounds early Saturday morning, February 26. Police found his body in the back yard of a home at 3520 14th Ave. S. near Powderhorn Park.

Stephanie Smith, 21, was shot and killed the night of March 28 as she was riding in a car on Park Avenue South with another man. Someone opened fire from another vehicle, and then sped away. There have been no arrests yet in the case.

Benjamin Van Handel, 23, a U of M student out late with friends in Dinkytown, was intentionally run over early in the morning on April 15. He died of his injuries April 21. Timothy Ayman Bakdash, 29, is charged with his murder.

Tomika Swoope, 19, was shot on April 25 in a suspected drive-by on Columbus Avenue South, near her home. Witnesses think she was mistaken for being a gang member. She died April 28 at Hennepin County Medical Center.

Keontrell Govan, 18, died the day after he was found shot in the alley behind the Church of St. Bridget in north Minneapolis on May 4. Ishmael Rashad Moore and Dashaunta D'Mar Gomez, both 17, have been charged with second degree murder in the case.

Kristopher Miller, 27, a popular staffer at North High School, was found shot dead in front of his home on May 11. Derrick Griffin, an associate pastor at the North Side's True Vine Missionary Baptist Church, has been charged with the murder

Edward Trondell Baker, 24, was shot early in the morning on May 24 in the 5700 block of Sander Avenue, just a few blocks north of Highway 62 and the perimeter of Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport. He died of multiple gunshot wounds.

Guled Hashi Mohamed, 25, was shot late the night of May 29 while sitting in his car outside a restaurant on Nicollet Avenue South at Groveland Avenue. He died two days later. Biyamin Beiti Omar, 28 has been charged with his murder.

Dean Schmitz, 47, was stabbed to death early in the morning of June 5 near the intersection of 29th Street East and 27th Avenue South. Chrishaun Reed McDonald, 23, has been charged with second-degree murder in the case.


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