Man charged for the murder of a 20-year-old transgender woman from Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KSFY) - 25-year-old Joshua LeClaire has been charged with the murder of Jaimie Lee Wounded Arrow. Sioux Falls police don't believe this was a hate crime.

Wounded arrow moved to Sioux Falls about six months ago. She was a proud member of the LGBT community and the group Sioux Falls Two-Spirit and Allies.

"Her impact was instantaneous. Just the moment she started talking you could feel the energy inside of her and you can feel the type of person she was," says close friend Reina Parker.

Police have not released a motive for her death, but friends believe her death may be related to her gender identity.

"Who she was and what she was, she was present in every word she spoke and you didn't have to know to realize the type of human she was," stated Parker.

"It means we have a lot of work to do and we also need a lot of help and there is a lot to be done for education. There's a lot to be done for LGBT protections," says Danielle Wilcox, president of the Center for Equality.

The Argus Leader reports reports video security footage shows LeClaire entering and leaving Wounded Arrow's apartment building early Jan. 1. Court documents say LeClaire told police that he was in Wounded Arrow's apartment and used her phone after her death. Bond for 25-year-old Joshua Rayvan LeClaire has been set at $2 million.