Police in New Orleans have a second transgender murder case to solve, the second in two days. Ciara McElveen was found on a street in the 7th Ward Monday morning, according to The Advocate, a local newspaper.
A witness told the paper a man stabbed McElveen, then pulled her from his car, slammed her head against the pavement, ran her over and left her for dead. She died at an area hospital. She was 21.
McElveen was the sixth transgender murder victim in the U.S. this year; the third in a week and the fifth trans woman of color killed thus far in 2017. Trans people of color, especially women, are disproportionately targeted for violence and murder, according to data culled by law enforcement and activists. In 2016, a tragic new record was set with 27 trans people murdered, almost all of them were people of color, and the vast majority black trans women.
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