Loved ones gather to remember transgender woman found dead

Kenne McFadden killed in April

By Bill Barajas - Reporter

SAN ANTONIO - Family, friends and supporters of the LGBTQ community gathered Tuesday night to celebrate the life of Kenne McFadden.

"I'm holding two candles. One is for me. One is for my baby," said Joanna McFadden, Kenne's mother.

Kenne was found dead in April, her body floating in the San Antonio River. The 26-year old's body was discovered by Tom Vanzandt. He has been a boat captain six years and said he’d never come across a body while working.

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"I'll never forget it. I'll never forget the sight and I'll never forget, it's just a mess," Vanzandt said.

McFadden and Vanzandt have since developed a bond. Joanna McFadden said she believes he was sent here from up above.

"Tom is like the guardian angel that God sent," McFadden said.

Kenne would of turned 27 on Tuesday and was remembered as vibrant and a lover of music and poetry.

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"Kenne loved people. My baby would try and get a long with everybody. Her was a kindhearted person," her mother said.

No one has been charged in Kenne's murder. The district attorney’s office said San Antonio police have a person of interest and released this statement: "Our office has received this case from SAPD. Because the suspect has not been charged, we will withhold from releasing his name, as the case is currently sealed."


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