Chanel ScurlockAge 23
5 Jun 2019
Lumberton, North Carolina (USA)
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Chanel was found just after midnight by Robeson County Sheriff’s Office deputies who arrived after reports of gunfire in the area. She had been shot.
A Black transgender woman was found murdered in North Carolina this past Wednesday.
Chanel Scurlock, 23, was found just after midnight when Robeson County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived after receiving reports of gunfire in the area. She had been shot.
Police said that her car was missing at the time of her death but that it was found later in the day. They did not say where.
The police, local media, and Scurlock’s mother identified her as a gay man, misgendered her, shared pictures of her presenting as male, and deadnamed her in media reports. Robeson County Sheriff Burnis Wilkins went so far to refer to her as “Mr.” in a Facebook post.
Her Facebook account, though, uses “she” pronouns and the name “Chanel,” only has photos of her presenting as female, and her friends referred to her as a woman.
“You lived your life as you wanted,” Kandice Stigger, a friend of the victim, wrote on Facebook. “I’m proud of you for being unapologetically correct about your feelings and expectations of YOU.”