By Lindsey Seavert, WCCO-TV

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A man has been charged with killing a woman in her apartment, solving the first homicide in Minneapolis in 2011.

Police say 40-year-old Arnold Darwin Waukazo is responsible for the death of 45-year-old Christopher Paul Bates, a transgender woman who had been living as Krissy.

Bates was found by the caretaker of the apartment building at 1302 Linden Avenue on Jan. 11, unresponsive. The caretaker called 911.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled Bates’ death was a homicide and that she died as a result of complex homicidal violence.

According to the criminal complaint, Bates sustained four stab wounds to the torso and neck.

A neighbor told police that Bates had recently begun dating a man named “Arnie,” after meeting him online. Police found a bloody knife and a bottle of brandy that had been purchased by Arnold Waukazo, along with a receipt from Haskell’s liquor store. They tracked him down after finding him on store surveillance video buying that bottle, He admitted to getting in an argument with Bates and strangling her with his hands until she lost consciousness.

Court records show when Waukazo made an attempt to move her, he said she jumped. He told police he didn’t want her to “come back,” so he grabbed a folding knife off a hutch and stabbed her multiple times.

“I’d actually seen that knife before,” said Bates close friend, Scottie Thornton. He says Bates only met Waukazo around a week before she was murdered. Thornton says Bates was new in town and was trying to meet people.

“They had a romantic relationship and she thought she had found ‘the one,’” said Thornton. “She was very excited, talking about moving him in already.”

The LGBT community believes it all was a deliberate attack on Bates.

“She was killed by the person she said loved her the most,” said Rebecca Waggoner, the anti-violence program director at the advocacy group, OutFront Minnesota, who says in 2009, around half of all the murders in the LGBT community targeted transgender women.

“Her life is over because of domestic violence and transphobia, and we can in this case point directly to those two facts. Unfortunately, too often trans women are seen as disposable, at the bottom of the list, and we need to stop that,” said Waggoner.

OutFront Minnesota planned a candlelight vigil to raise awareness in Bates’ memory at the Minneapolis Community and Technical College at 6 p.m. Friday night. A group of several hundred planned to march in the cold to Bates’ apartment on Linden Avenue in Minneapolis.

“She will be greatly missed, an incredible person, loving and caring, she had this spirit of joy about her all the time,” said Thornton. She’ll be missed.”

Waukazo was arrested and, after having been read his Miranda rights, repeated his confession, according to the criminal complaint.

Waukazo remains in custody at Hennepin County Jail.

Comments (15)
  1. Cache says:

    Arnold Darwin Waukazo a POTUS! Burn him!

  2. Billy says:

    ……..And if you question me about what i said above, its called reality.

    For all of our actions in life there are consequences, every action has a reaction and the action is yours, then comes reality.

  3. Peace&Love says:

    Unfortunately there are already hundreds of thousands of hate crimes against GLBT persons BECAUSE some people believe it’s a sin to be gay. It’s unfortunate that humans can’t be accepting of each other’s sexual orientation. One person’s love and attraction has become justification for another person’s hatred and violence.

    I’d be interested to hear whether Chrissie’ murder was a result of her transgendered status. This article does not refer to the homicide as being a transgender hate crime.

    1. Billy says:

      I would bet money it was a hate crime.
      I bet the attacker had no idea she was transgender and they were about to have sex or something when she pulled out her junk.

  4. Becky says:

    Billy-Isn’t killing considered a sin as well?

  5. Linda says:


    You are mentally ill and need help.

    1. Billy says:

      Linda, the only one that is mentally ill is one who looks like a blubber whale and does nothing about it.

  6. Simon says:

    She didn’t deserve this..I hope the Killer gets Life w/o parole.

  7. Billy says:

    I don’t care what anyone says there is a little bit of prejudice and hate in everyone wether you want to admit it or not. I think there is a bunch of two faces phony’s out there.
    You would not be human otherwise.

  8. Billy says:

    Just think how many killings there will be if you allow gay people to marry each other, there will be hundreds and thousands of hate crimes.

  9. Mandy says:

    Here is a novel idea, how about people stop worrying what everyone else is doing and focus on themselves and how they can be better people?? Let’s just live and let live.

    1. Mandy says:

      There is no reason that this beastly murder should have happened, no one deserves that. Whether you embrace others’ differences or not, if you don’t like it go find something you do and move on. All I know is Karma is very real, I have no doubt that “Arnie” will get his.

  10. mark says:

    this guy probably had no idea what he was becoming involved with.and in the end the deception destroyed all his beliefs . he couldn’t live with the idea of what he had become. so he killed her. . his kids will probably never understand being they are so his mind he was killing himself when he killed her . that’s what he thought he could erase the mistake. but death is final and you can’t take it back.tragic it’ll make a good movie someday. sorry to all those who have had loss for things like this. there is never a winner in the end.

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