A transgender woman was stabbed to death this week after an alleged fight with a man in an abandoned home in North Philadelphia, Philadelphia's NBC-affiliate station WCAU reports.
London Chanel, 21, was stabbed twice in the back and once in the neck shortly after midnight Monday, police told the news station. According to Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small, a fight broke out between Chanel and her alleged 31-year-old attacker. The fight escalated from a verbal argument to a physical fight and ended with Chanel being stabbed to death in a middle bedroom on the third floor of the house.
The attacker and another person who witnessed the stabbing carried Chanel downstairs and placed her on quilts outside the house. They attempted CPR on Chanel when they saw a School District of Philadelphia officer nearby. Small told WCAU that the duo then tried to get the officer's attention for help and called police.
Chanel was rushed to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced dead just after 1 a.m., according to police.
Authorities are currently investigating the case. Small said investigators found a folding pocketknife, which may have been used in the stabbing, on the alleged attacker. The accused attacker and the witness have been taken into custody for questioning. No charges have been filed.
"She had a heart of gold," Chanel's friend Kione Seymore told WCAU. "She hardly ever frowned. She always had a smile on her face. Her laughter was infectious."
Chanel, a Texas native, came to Philadelphia a number of years ago and spent time living at Covenant House, a youth center, friends told WCAU.
Director of LGBT Affairs for Philadelphia, Nellie Fitzpatrick, said she was "devastated" by the loss of Chanel.
"My heart goes out to her family, friends and the community as we mourn her death," she told the news station. "I know that the police department will work tirelessly to fully investigate the case."
Chanel's mother, Veronica Allen, said her daughter's transition has been hard on their relationship but they were able to reconnect in March and she was looking forward to Chanel moving home.
"She was going to go to court to change her name and then she was going to come home," Allen said. "That's what we were working towards, but that man took it away from me."
Chanel's friends, Seymore and Aileen Brown-Henry, added that Chanel was a kind person who watched after them while they grew up together.
"She was my heart and soul. She saved me a lot," Brown-Henry said, adding Chanel helped her transition off the streets. "She was my only friend."
Seyemore told the news station they were "trans sisters" and that they "shared a bond no one could understand."
According to BuzzFeed, Chanel is the eighth transgender woman of color to be killed this year.
A candlelight vigil in Chanel's memory is scheduled for Friday evening in Philadelphia.
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