Florida police have arrested and charged a man for the violent murder of a trans woman in June.

Yaz’min Shancez, 31, was shot and burned to death on 19 June this year. Her body was found dumped behind a bin outside a rental facility.

Police in Fort Myers, Florida, yesterday arrested Terry Lynn Brady, 45. He has been charged with second degree murder.

Reports suggest that Brady, who has a record of arrests for mostly driving- and drug-related offences, was known to the victim, and may have been angry that she was outing him as gay.

A friend of Shancez told police that Shancez had referred to Brady as her “baby daddy”, and had posted on Facebook that he “liked to be with guys”.

Although the arrest affidavit purports that Brady paid Shancez for sexual favours, he did not admit to a sexual relationship with her when interviewed by police.

Shannon Adams, Shancez’s stepmother, said: “We’ll be in court and see what happens. Hopefully, they give [Brady] the worst penalty he can get. You don’t do that to an animal.”

Fort Myers Police spokesperson Victor Medico, told the Fort Myers News-Press: “The perseverance of our detectives who worked every investigative angle in the last month brought closure to this case today.”