A transsexual who filed a lawsuit against the Memphis police after a February beating at the hands of an officer, was found shot to death in North Memphis late Sunday.

Duanna Johnson, 43, was shot in the head and died at the scene. In June, she offered to settle the lawsuit against the city of Memphis and the Memphis Police Department, but the parties could not reach an agreement.

According to online reports, one of Johnson's attorney's say the lawsuit will continue as planned.

Johnson was beaten in February in the booking area at 201 Poplar after an arrest on a prostitution charge.

Memphis police officers Bridges McRae and James Swain were fired after the incident, which became public when Johnson's attorneys released a video of the beating to local media.

The video went viral and the story received national attention.

A loyal reader who hosts a radio show in Memphis, emailed SR.com this morning to say he received a voicemail message from a witness at the scene who stated Johnson was murdered by Memphis police -- not three men as had been reported.

He plans to play the message on his radio show later today in Memphis.

Stay tuned for further developments.

Source: KT Alpha Lambda Kappa Alpha Psi, Memphis TN

  • Kymystry

    thats sad ...

  • shunda

    This is a very sad story

  • keely107

    I just dont understand what fuels all this hatred, I just dont have the time to devote such emotion and energy to anyone. These are people who hate themselves, so I just dont see any hope fro the next person.

  • Anna

    Kym it is. I hope justice is served and quickly. I am glad someone will be airing the message. I get tired of ppl not reporting what they know.

  • kwallace577

    i have been following this case since the first beating back in the spring. this is terrible. may she rest in peace.

    @keely yes i too wonder who can spend so much time energy and brain cells on hatred.

  • Kymystry

    I mean .. seriously .. why beat a person simply beacause YOU don't agree with how they are living ... ri-damn-diculos ....

    this Man didn't deserve to be Beat .. and now killed ..

  • KaraZ

    Seriously what happened to live and let live? I hope the witnesses at the scene have the courage to testify to what they saw and have some sort of Justice for Duanna.

  • licia

    this is so very sad. i hope whomever did this gets the punishment they deserve.

  • aduvalprincess

    My heart goes out to his family. I don't think anyone has the right to judge. I pray that justice will be served and this won't be swept under the rug.

  • shunda

    I am with you keely. I can't imagine spending all my time with hatred towards someone else.

  • prynsexxx

    Now see, thats wrong. The first thing that ran through my mind was when the police initially "beat" him/her whomever, it was because they tried to "get with" him/her, whomever, OFF DUTY and found out the real deal and didn't want their fellow co-workers to "get word". Thats why I truly believe dude was beat in the first place. I'm just sayin'.

  • cupcakes

    so so sad......I hope they find the perpetrators who did this. Or better yet i hope some GOONS find them!

  • Anna

    prynsexxx Says:

    Now see, thats wrong. The first thing that ran through my mind was when the police initially “beat” him/her whomever, it was because they tried to “get with” him/her, whomever, OFF DUTY and found out the real deal and didn’t want their fellow co-workers to “get word”. Thats why I truly believe dude was beat in the first place. I’m just sayin’.
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    That was my first thought.

  • Deep Thoughts

    Who knows another so called "transsexual" was murdered because he was prostituting too. The man he picked up didn't know he was a tranny and after getting a blowjob and proceeding to have sex with the tranny he reacted very quickly and shot him. It's a dangerous life and lifestyle for tranny's.

  • Kymystry

    now ... that has GOT to be one of the HOMILEST Shim's i've EVER seen in my LIFE ... !!!

  • PAGESINADIARY

    im in memphis and trust me its some fishy stuff going on!!

    this is sad and not called for.