Dallas police have ruled the February death of Wykesha Reid a homicide.
Reid, 34, was found dead earlier this year inside a salon where she was receiving injections for a “Brazilian butt lift,” WFAA-TV reports.
Toxicology results show that the nursing-home employee died of pulmonary embolization of silicone, according to The Dallas Morning News.
Maj. Jeff Cotner told the TV station that the ruling means that additional charges could be filed against the salon’s operators, Denise Rochelle “Wee Wee” Ross and Jimmy Joe “Alicia” Clarke.
The two were already arrested and charged with practicing medicine without a license in a separate butt-injection case. That woman did not die, but she told police she suffered “pain and psychological trauma” from the injections.
Clarke found Reid’s body on Feb. 19. She told police that Reid had come to the salon the day before and said “she was not well and wanted to lay down.” Clarke locked Reid in the business after she was done for the night, and when she returned the next morning, Reid was dead. She insisted she did not know what happened to her.
But police became suspicious after they saw that Reid had her pants pulled down halfway, bloody gauze pressed to her butt cheeks.
When a detective called Reid’s mother to tell her of her daughter’s death, Keira Reid told cops that Wykesha had visited the salon to receive illegal butt injections from a woman named Wee Wee.
The Dallas County Medical Examiner’s office completed its autopsy on Friday, revealing that Wykesha had been injected with a silicone-type substance. She had fresh injection marks at the time of her death.
It was Wykesha’s fourth visit to the salon, according to her family.
Another woman was convicted of murder earlier this year after a botched butt injection led to a dancer’s death.
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