In a span of two weeks, three Black trans women were shot to death — two in North Carolina and one in Missouri.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg police sent out a warning to the LGBT community that a suspect (or suspects) may be targeting them after two trans women, Remy Fennell and Jaida Peterson, were found dead in hotel rooms 11 days apart, according to ABC News.
Peterson, 29, was found by police in West Charlotte April 4 — Easter Sunday.
Loved ones told Charlotte Observer that she had been a sex worker for some time.
"You're so used to hearing about trans violence everywhere else," Brittany Johnson, who was close to Peterson, told the Charlotte Observer. "But when it happens to your own sister, it brings another type of perspective to you ... That's the hardest part for me — the person who took her life didn't understand who she was."
The police believe Fennell, who was in her 20s, was also a sex worker since she was found dead in another hotel April 15, according to 13 News Now.
However, Fennell’s mother, Michele Credle, disagrees with the police.
“That was not who my child was,” Credle told 13 News Now.
Two men, 21-year-old Dontarius Long and 33-year-old Joel Brewer, have been arrested as suspects in both of the women’s deaths April 16, according to WCCB Charlotte.
Fennell's family and friends celebrated her life at the Y.H. Thomas Park in Hampton for a vigil and balloon release since it’s a familiar place full of memories for Fennell and her sister, 13 News Now reported.
“I love you, baby,” Credle said as she released balloons in the air.
Family members said that Fennell was a beautiful soul who was talented with hair, and dreamed of opening her own hair salon. Therefore, her sisters want to complete her dream, according to 13 News Now.
In the killing of Dominique Lucious, Springfield police have arrested and charged Charles Nelson with second-degree murder and armed criminal action, according to The Rolla Daily News.
According to court documents, the police found Lucious, 26, shot to death in a home April 8.
The court documents show that Nelson and Lucious met on a dating website and planned to meet up at Lucious’s apartment, where they believe Nelson shot her, as reported by The Rolla Daily News.
The police do not know a motive.
The GLO Center in Springfield posted a statement of support for Lucious on social media: "Trans women, particularly trans women of color, are disproportionately victims of violent crime. This murder and the other senseless slaying of trans folks must be contextualized within the anti-trans rhetoric and actions taken by too many. It is 2021 and we must understand that trans rights are human rights."
The Human Rights Campaign reported that at least 15 transgender or gender non-conforming people have been killed in 2021, with 44 deaths in 2020, marking 2020 as the most violent year on record since HRC began tracking the crimes in 2013.