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Slaying of Lesbian Couple in Galveston Investigated as Possible Hate Crime

By David Neiwert on March 12, 2014 - 8:28 am, Posted in Anti-LGBT, Hate Crime

The horrifying murders of a vacationing lesbian couple from Houston in nearby Galveston, Texas, is being investigated as a potential hate crime, according to authorities quoted by Texas blogs covering the case.

Lone Star Q reports that police investigators told them that anti-gay bias had not been ruled out as a potential motive for the murders last Friday morning of Britney Cosby and Crystal Jackson, both 24-year-old residents of Houston who had been together for two years.

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Their bodies were found behind a Dumpster in Galveston. Investigators believe they were killed elsewhere and their bodies dumped there. Autopsy results noted that they had been killed in different ways: Cosby had died of blunt-force trauma to the head, while Jackson had been shot.

Galveston authorities released a sketch of a man wanted for questioning in connection with the crime. He’s described as a black man in his 20s, of average height and build. Investigators are also seeking a silver 2006 Kia Sorrento the couple drove to Galveston in to enjoy the local Mardi Gras celebration. The car remains missing.

The Houston and Galveston LGBT communities are pleading for help in the case. A group of concerned community members recently canvassed the Bolivar Peninsula, handing out sketches and asking for information.