Reportedly, the New Orleans transgender community is on edge after two transgender women were murdered within 48 hours of each other.
One of the deceased women, Chyna Gibson, was gunned down, while the second unnamed woman was found with multiple stab wounds, just within the same location of each other.
Transgender activist Daphanie Dupree released a statement saying, “It’s scary because like a lot of the girls in New Orleans, they’re walking around like zombies, you know they have this little hidden fear that’s inside them to even go anywhere and I hear a lot of them talking about like ‘oh, I’m going to carry a gun.”
“It’s very heartbreaking and it’s scary because it’s too close to home, I mean it could happen to any of us but I’m like, we hang in the same circles, we hang in the same area just like it happened to them it could happen to me.”
Moreover, Police Commander Doug Eckert expressed that the two crimes within two days showed an increase in violence against transgender people in the city.
Eckert mentioned, “I mean one is too many and that’s how we feel, there was nothing to demonstrate that the stabbing was a hate crime. If we learn that it’s a hate crime of course we’ll pursue the charges of that.”
At a media conference that was held, Eckert referred to the victim as being a transgender woman, but declined to name her. They also say that they want to speak to the owner of a two-door black Chevrolet Camaro in connection with the case.
The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) said it had responded to seven reported killings of transgender women of color in the first two months of the year.
No arrests have yet been made in the cases, but we will keep you updated with more information.