Ciara McElveen was fatally stabbed in New Orleans 7th Ward on Monday, making her the second transgender woman to be killed in the city since Saturday. Just a few days earlier, Chyna Doll Dupree was found fatally shot outside of a clothing store.
McElveen’s death makes here the sixth reported transgender murder victim of 2017.
“Trans women don’t want any special privileges,” Syria Sinclaire, a program coordinator at the Tulane Drop-In Wellness Center, told Mic. “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.”
The Times-Picayune report that witnesses claim to have seen a man get out of a black sedan, grab something out of the truck, walk over the passenger seat where McElveen was sitting and stabbed her before taking her out of the car.
To make matters worse, McElveen was initially misgendered after her death due to a report from the New Orleans Police Department.
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Officers don’t believe that the two deaths are connected, but the alarming rate of transgender murders in 2017, especially in February, is extremely concerning.