UPDATE: Dad Begs Son To Surrender In Transgender Web Reality Star’s Death

Dantjier Powell dated Domonique Newburn for years before cops discovered the ‘Hollywood Houseboys’ star murdered in her Fontana, Calif., apartment. Loueadry Powell pleaded with his boy to turn himself in.

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UPDATE: Search Continues For Suspects In Transgender Woman’s Murder

FONTANA (CBSLA.com) — San Bernardino County detectives are searching for two suspects in the murder of a transgender woman in Fontana.

Domonique Newburn was found Tuesday beaten to death in her apartment in the 7900 block of Bennett Avenue.

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UPDATE: Teen Sought in Murder of Domonique Newburn

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Dantiier Powell may be trying to leave the state, possibly by bus, police said.

Powell was described as black, 5 foot 8 inches tall, 155 pounds with an average build and dark complexion.

He was believed to be traveling with 25-year-old Jamie Nicole Cotton, of Highland.

Powell was being sought in the murder of Domonique Newburn.

According to friends, Newburn was a transgender woman.

Several years ago, she participated in a reality show that documented her life, her relationships and her struggles.

Friends and family held a vigil on Wednesday night to remember Newburn.

“As a transgender woman myself, it’s not fair,” said Isabel Ramirez.

“I would have friends or sisters who don’t really have to worry about the things I have to worry about, and in so many ways it’s just scary,” she said.

The 31-year-old’s body was discovered Tuesday in her apartment by officers responding to a report of a disturbance in the 7900 block of Bennet Avenue.

When officers arrived, they found the front door of the apartment unlocked, police said.

Officers entered and found Newburn’s body in the living room near a window.

Investigators said they believed she may have been trying to escape through the window.

Newburn had sustained trauma, according to coroner’s officials. An autopsy was expected to be performed to determine the cause of death.

Neighbors told police they witnessed a man leaving the home in the victim’s black Mercedes which was later found at a San Bernarino Park.

The man was also seen taking clothes and a computer from the home.

Investigators had not yet determined a motive in the case.

Anyone with information was asked to contact the Fontana Police Department at (909)356-TIPS.

 

UPDATE: Stolen Car Belonging to Murdered Reality Show Star Found

A 2004 Mercedes belonging to the victim, Domonique Newburn, was found at Perris Hill Park, according to Fontana police.

The car appeared to have been at the park for some time, police said.

 

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Transgender Domonique Newburn of ‘Hollywood Houseboys’ found murdered

Witnesses reported seeing a man leave the residence in the victim’s Mercedes Benz.

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Both CBS Los Angels and NBC Los Angels are reporting the death of Domonique Newburn who was on the YouTube reality show ‘Hollywood Houseboys.’

The body of Domonique Newburn was found around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at a complex in the 7900 block of Bennett Avenue, Fontana police said.

“Officers arrived, noticed some suspicious evidence, blood on the porch of the location,” Det. Rich Hunt said.

The unit’s front door was open and officers discovered the 32-year-old dead in the main living area, Hunt said.

Newburn had “sustained trauma and was pronounced dead at 4:38 p.m.,” the San Bernardino County Coroner said.

The victim’s cause of death was unknown.

Neighbors say they only knew Newburn as a woman.

“She was very quiet, very nice and you just would never have thought something like this would happen,” neighbor Ronald Jackson said.

Newburn also starred in the YouTube series, Hollywood House Boys, a show about gay and transgender friends where she was described as an aspiring actress who was undergoing gender reassignment.

Witnesses told police that they saw a bare-chested man leaving the apartment in what was believed to be Newburn’s vehicle.

The car is described as a black, four-door 2004 Mercedes C240 sedan with the California license plate 7AAY925.

The suspect was described as Black, in his late 20s to early 30s, 5 feet 8 inches tall, with an average build.

Anyone with information should contact the Fontana Police Department.

 

UPDATE: Cause of death is being reported as blunt force trauma. Also, police have not yet determined if this was a hate crime.