*Popular performer Chyna Doll Dupree Gibson is the latest black, transgender woman to be killed this year. Gibson was fatally shot in New Orleans Saturday evening (Feb. 25) while she was in town celebrating Mardi Gras.
According to reports, Gibson — born Walter Flemming — was found between two parked cars and pronounced dead at the scene outside of a shopping center around 8:30 p.m, per Vibe.com. Gibson’s surprise stage moves and on-stage persona made her popular in local LGBTQ inner B/HAP (ball and house pageant) circles.
Texas advocacy group Black Trans Women, Inc., released a statement on Gibson:
“Chyna Gibson had gone home to New Orleans to like thousands of other people, celebrate Mardi Gras and be with her family during that festive time,” it reads. “Instead, she was brutally murdered. Shot ten times and left to die in the parking lot of a New Orleans strip mall. BTWI would like to express our condolences to Chyna’s family, friends and all who loved her. She was well known in the pageant and ballroom community as Chyna Doll Dupree, and she will be missed.”
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Congresswoman Shelia Jackson Lee, D-Houston, also released a statement on Facebook: “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,” she said. “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. #ChynaGibson.”
Gibson’s death comes days after the death of 24-year-old Keke Collier of Chicago. She was the fourth black, trans woman killed this year, following stylist Mesha Caldwell and 23-year-old Jo Jo Striker.
No suspects have been named in Gibson’s shooting.