A well-known trans performer was killed in New Orleans.
Chyna Gibson, who went as China Doll Dupree both onstage and off, was a recognized name in the ballroom scene.
Chyna, who came from New Orleans and lived in California, had returned home to celebrate Mardi Gras.
She was found lying between two cars in the parking lot of the city’s Bella Plaza shopping center on Saturday night (25 February).
Around 8:26pm New Orleans Police were called to the 4300 block of Downman Road.
They found Chyna, who had been shot multiple times, in the parking lot; she died on the scene.
According to Nola.com, neighbors said they heard eight to 10 gunshots.
No suspect has been named, and police have not yet commented on whether the killing will be investigated as a hate crime.
At least one news station – New Orleans’ WWL-TV – misgendered her, and a number of others used Chyna’s dead name.
‘The senseless murder of our trans sisters and brothers is something we simply cannot continue to ignore! I offer my deepest condolences to her friends and family. We say your name #ChynaGibson,’ Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee said in a statement.
‘To my LGBT brothers and sisters as the Ranking Member of the House Judiciary subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations – I will not stop fighting on your behalf.
‘Your lives matter.’
Some of Chyna’s friends have organized an event to mourn her and celebrate her life at the same time for today (27 February).
Held at Dallas’ Abounding Prosperity, Inc., the celebration will include a candle light vigil, balloon release and the opportunity to sing a memorial canvas, which will be sent to Chyna’s family.
‘We send our heartfelt condolences to her biological family and chosen family throughout Texas and around the country,’ the organizers said.
‘In times like this it is important to remember that we are each other’s keeper and if we don’t protect and celebrate each other it becomes a disservice to us all.’
All of the victims were women of color.