Black Lesbian Couple Murdered in Texas Gulf Area

Today we mourn the losses of Crystal Jackson and Britney Cosby. A beer deliveryman found the two women’s bodies next to a convenience store dumpster in Port Bolivar, Galveston County, Texas on Friday.

Photo credit ABC News

Crystal Jackson and Britney Cosby. via ABC News

The two 24-year-old black women, who had been together for two years and lived together in Houston, were murdered in different ways and their bodies likely moved after the fact. Cosby’s car, a silver 2006 Kia Sorento, is missing and could be key in finding who killed the women. Police haven’t released many more details.

Jackson had a five-year-old daughter,  and they both had sisters who are mourning and furious.

Relatives said the couple went to Galveston for Mardi Gras, and they’re looking for answers.

“Just come forward, just to give us closure as a family. Just come forward, ’cause we need closure at this point,” said Cosby’s sister, McDade Cosby.

Police will declare cause of death after autopsies. They’ve released a sketch of a person of interest.


Without more details, we don’t know if the women were murdered because they were lesbians, in a carjacking, or for no reason at all. But we don’t need to know the excuse for their deaths to mourn the loss of two women who loved each other.

It reminds me of another case in Texas from two years ago when a teenage lesbian couple was attacked — one survived, one didn’t — and the killer was never found. Like this case, they didn’t know what motivated the attack, or if their sexual orientation came into play. Let’s hope that this time, we get more answers.

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  1. Why does the world have to be so fucking gross?

    I’m so sorry for their friends and family.

  2. Articles like this are such a tough read, heart-wrenching tragedy. * Sighs * Injustice for one is injustice for all.

  3. This is too horrifying. Reading this made me feel like I got punched in the gut. My thoughts are with their families.

  4. People always ask me why I’m not as open as “everyone else” about my sexuality, even though I’m out of the closet. What am I so afraid of? This. This is what scares me. I am terrified of the people who want me exterminated like the vermin they so eloquently compare me to. People I pass in the halls, people who teach my classes, people who serve me dinner, people I’ve never even spoken to. It’s scary.

  5. I don’t have the right or any words… their poor families, the poor daughter. Too sad, too terrible.

  6. I’m actually in tears. This is such a disgusting crime, and I hope the killer is brought to justice ASAP.

    This can’t keep happening…

  7. Well, it looks as if the murderer is possibly one of the women’s OWN FATHER. Ugh. This is the person who, the night before being arrested, was interviewed by media at a vigil and said, “it’s hard to put something like this [the crime] into words.” No sh*t.

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