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Lakeland man charged in murder of Tampa drag queen

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TAMPA, Florida -  A Lakeland man has been charged in the murder of a drag queen, according to Tampa police.

Detectives say on May 28 at around 6:30 p.m., Anthony Lee was inside a home on E. Genessee Street. During this time, three people inside a dark-colored Dodge Magnum arrived. Investigators say while two of them stayed inside the vehicle, one got out and walked up to the home.

"He needs to know what he did and how it affected our family,"said Barbara Lee-Thomas, the victim's sister.

As Lee answered the door, police say he was forced inside by the suspect and a struggle took place. Lee was shot and killed during that struggle.

"His life was taken. He didn't pass away, he wasn't sick or anything like that. His life was taken," said Lee.

Nearly seven feet tall in heels, Lee was known as Ms. Wanda. He was a rising star nationwide, performing in New York, Miami, and Vegas. He was visiting a friend in Tampa when the shooting happened, but police don't believe he was the intended target.

Following the shooting, detectives say they linked 23-year-old Deandre Tolliver to the case. Tolliver was arrested for First Degree Murder and Armed Robbery. He was transported to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office booking facility.

Lee's sister wants to send a message to Tolliver.

"Every time he walks in the courtroom, he's going to see my face. He's going to see my face along with plenty other family members and friends, and I mean the whole community."

Detectives continue to investigate and say they are looking to identify additional suspects.

10 News reporter Andre Senior contributed to this report.

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