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Man arrested in connection to murder of Richmond transgender woman

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Posted at 2:19 PM, Dec 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-11 14:31:28-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- A man has been arrested and charged in connection to the murder of a transgender woman on Richmond's Northside last month.

Ryejon Lee was arrested Thursday by the U.S. Marshals Regional Fugitive Task Force on outstanding warrants for robbery and use of a firearm in commission of a felony in connection to the murder of Chae’Meshia Simms on November 23.

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Ryejon Lee

Police say additional charges are pending against Lee.

Emergency crews responded to a call for a car that crashed in an alleyway off Cheatwood Avenue in the Washington Park neighborhood just before 6 a.m., according to detectives.

Simms, a transgender woman in her 30s, was found in the driver’s seat.

“She had suffered an apparent gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at the scene,” a police spokesperson said.

The victim's sister said Simms was found shot to death inside her mom’s rental car. She was driving home, according to her family.

There is no word on a motive in the shooting.

Simms family said they are going to put up billboards offering a $2,000 reward for information that leads to conviction in the case.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call Major Crimes Detective M. Godwin at (804) 646-5533 or Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones also may be used. All Crime Stoppers reporting methods are anonymous.

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