Two black trans women found dead on the same day, in Chicago and Louisiana
The bodies of two trans women of colour were found on Thursday in two different locations in the US—in both cases, the police are conducting a homicide investigation.
Stanton’s family and friends held a vigil in her honour on Friday and dozens of people left tributes on social media remembering the young woman, who also had a Facebook account under the name De’janay Lanorra.
Friends described her as a sweet, kind and loving person. “This young lady was special and so innocent. One of the sweetest presence I’ve seen and known!” her friend Trisha Holloway wrote.
“Domestic violence and violence in general is so big in our community! We are killed at alarming rates and Justice is never ours! I cry today for her because I see myself in her! We are one because of our struggles, our life we live and the many that inflict harm on us!” she added.
Stanton’s brother Darius thanked people for their thoughts. “As I’m seeing all these post about my sister I could tell she was love by many she supported every decision y’all made from making money to changing yourself… she was the back bone to some of y’all… she stayed bringing people home even tho we didn’t have much she offered it all….” he wrote on Facebook.
The other woman, 18-year-old Vontashia Bell, was also found in a street in Shreveport, Louisiana, with gunshot wounds to the chest and wrist.
Police and local media have initially misgendered the victim. The authorities are offering $1,000 reward for information on the case that would lead to an arrest, and can be contacted at 318-673-6955, or 318-673-7373 to give information anonymously.
The local Louisiana Trans Advocates organisation condemned the shooting in a statement on Thursday.
“Vontashia Bell must not die in vain,” the group wrote, calling on the authorities to take action against violence against transgender people.
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