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Chanel Scurlock, a black trans woman, was murdered in North Carolina

Chanel Scurlock, a black trans woman, was murdered in North Carolina

Chanel Scurlock, a transgender woman murdered in North Carolina

In the early hours of 6 June, North Carolina authorities found the body of Chanel Scurlock, a black transgender woman, in Lumberton.

They found Scurlock’s body in a field near Old Town Road in the city. She was shot to death and her car was missing.

Robeson County Sheriff Burnis Wilkins told local news outlet The Robesonian investigators have ‘great leads’ into her death.

‘Robeson County sheriff’s detectives are currently working diligently to bring closure to a grieving family,’ Wilkins added.

‘This cowardly act has to be addressed and a person or persons will be held accountable and brought to justice.’

The Robesonian and other outlets, however, are misgendering and deadnaming Scurlock in their reporting.

According to the Raleigh TV news station WRAL, someone posted a photo of Scurlock in feminine clothing, but then deleted it. Scurlock was allegedly going to meet the person Tuesday (5 June).

Her mother reportedly said Scurlock had recently made a connection with the man who posted the photo. She also said it was a ‘red flag’ that Scurlock was going to meet him.

‘RIP baby’

Friends on Facebook paid tribute to Scurlock and identified her as a transgender woman.

Number 8 Rest in power Chanel Scurlock Age 23 Body found in a field near Lumberton NC after midnight EDT Wednesday Was misgendered, #SayHerName #BlackTransLivesMatter #StopKillingUs

Posted by Monica Roberts on Thursday, 6 June 2019

‘Blurred lines. Who ever thought this would be the last time we talked,’ one friend, Kandice Stigger, wrote.

‘RIP baby. You lives [sic] your life as you wanted. I’m proud of you for being unapologetically correct about your feelings and expectations of YOU. Rosha McNeill call me. Brenda Scurlock I’m here. I love you all.’

Blurred lines. Who ever thought this would be the last time we talked. RIP baby. Chanel Scurlock You lives your life as…

Posted by Kandice Stigger on Wednesday, 5 June 2019

A violence that needs to end

Scurlock is the fifth known black transgender woman murdered in the US in the last month. She is also the ninth trans person killed in the country in 2019 so far. All of them have been black transgender women.

Over Memorial Day weekend, a black trans woman was shot and killed in Detroit. Police arrested a 19-year-old man with the triple homicide that included her murder this week.

In Dallas, meanwhile, police are asking the FBI for help after the murders of three transgender women.

Last year, advocates tracked at least 26 homicides of trans people.

The life expectancy of transgender people in the US is just 35-years-old and it’s worse for trans women of color worldwide.

See also

Trans asylum seeker Johana Medina dies in ICE custody on the first day of Pride month

LGBTI people pay loving tribute with powerful video for late trans friend

What are you doing to stop violence against trans people?