Cosmetic Procedure Death Ruled Homicide
23 June 2015No Comments
Dallas Police investigating the death of Wykesha Reid has been ruled a homicide. Denise Rochelle “Wee Wee” Ross and Jimmy Joe “Alicia” Clarke have been arrested in the case. The body of Reid, 34, was found on February 19, inside a business that performs eyelash extensions by Clarke, 31, who lives as a transgender woman. Clarke told police that Reid had come to the business the previous day, saying “she was not well and wanted to lay down.” Clarke said she locked Reid in the business overnight, and when she returned in the morning, Reid was dead. Clarke told police she did not know what had happened to Reid.
At the scene, detectives found Reid laying on her back on a massage table with her pants partially pulled down and bloody gauze on her buttocks. A Dallas police detective notified Reid’s daughter, who told police her mother had left home the night before and was going to have “butt injections,” and that she believed the woman named “Wee Wee” and a transgender person performed the injections. Her family says that Wykesha Reid was feeling fine when she left before her appointment the night before.
ILLEGAL COSMETIC PROCEDURE CAUSES DEATH
A witness who is an employee at the eyelash extension business told detectives her boyfriend rented the East Side Avenue building to Clarke and a woman by the name of “Wee Wee,” and that the two performed butt injections. That same witness told police she was performing an eyelash extension when Ross, 43, and Clarke arrived and asked her and her client to leave. The eyelash salon employee told police she later received a call from Ross telling her “not to break,” and to say she did not see Ross at the business. While at the business, detectives noticed it seemed to have been cleaned. The refrigerator was empty, the trash cans were missing, and the “overall appearance was not consistent with daily business activity,”
The Dallas County Medical Examiner’s office said the found a silicone-type substance and fresh injection marks on Reid’s buttocks. Police believe Reid had a medical emergency while the injections were being performed and subsequently died. According to police warrants, a 27-year-old woman made an appointment for the infections with a person she knew only was “Wee Wee” and agreed to pay $520 for her first session. The woman went to the location on East Side Avenue and was taken into the back room by Clarke.
The woman told police that Clarke told her to remove her pants and get onto a massage table. According to the document, she attempted to ask questions about the procedure, including what was in the injections, but “was not given a good explanation.” The client said Clarke and Ross sanitized her buttocks and began the injections. The woman said she was injected with a total of seven syringes that were left in for the duration of the procedure, and that she “felt intense pain and was told to be quiet after screaming in agony.” The injection holes were closed with Super Glue and cotton balls. The victim later identified Clarke and Ross in a photo lineup.
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