Male Date May Have Strangled Transgender Woman: Report

Everything in apartment was destroyed, friend says

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    A man was stabbed outside a Vernon motel Sunday.

    A transgender woman who friends hadn’t heard from since Friday was found strangled in her Queens apartment Tuesday afternoon, and cops suspect a man she had been dating may be responsible for her death, according to a published report.

    Police discovered the body of 29-year-old Amanda Gonzalez-Andujar face-down on the bed after a concerned acquaintance got the landlord to open the door for authorities around 4 p.m. Early reports indicate the victim's body was found naked.

    She likely had been dead since late Saturday or early Sunday, police sources told the Daily News.  Someone who lived nearby called about a loud argument at Gonzalez-Andujar's apartment, but no one answered the door when cops came to follow up on the report, according to the paper.

    Even so, cops wouldn't have had enough evidence to get into the victim's home, sources told the News. And they say detectives now believe the killer ran off before cops responded to the building.

    Barbara Vega, a friend of the victim who told the News she was there when the landlord opened the door, said “everything” in the apartment was destroyed, but police sources later said the mess was caused by a possible struggle between the victim and her killer.

    The medical examiner ruled the death a homicide from compression of the neck.