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Killing of black transgender woman is latest in string of violent deaths of trans women in New Orleans

By WITW Staff on February 28, 2017

Ciara McElveen, a black transgender woman, was stabbed to death in New Orleans’ 7th Ward on Monday.

Witnesses told police that McElveen was sitting on the passenger’s side of a black vehicle when the driver, an unidentified man, got out of the car and stabbed her, The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. The perpetrator then dragged McElveen out of the car and drove away, police said a witness reported.

The murder came two days after Chyna Doll Dupree, a transgender performer, was killed in New Orleans. Since the start of 2017, six transgender women have been reported murdered. It is an alarming number, but one that falls in with reports indicating that transgender women — and particularly transgender women of color — face a disproportionately high risk of violent death.

According to her Facebook page, McElveen was 26 years old. Syria Sinclaire, who met McElveen while both women were doing outreach among New Orleans’ homeless population, told Mic that she is now afraid to leave her house.

“Trans women don’t want any special privileges,” she said. “We should have the right to live our lives open and free and not be taunted and traumatized by the general public if they don’t approve.”

Read more at the The New Orleans Times-Picayune.


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