Black Transgender Woman Found Dead In North Carolina Field
This marks the ninth transgender death this year.
June 07, 2019 at 7:37 pm
A Black transgender woman in North Carolina is the latest casualty of violence against the LGBTQ community in 2019, according to The Advocate. This marks the ninth transgender death this year, with all the victims being Black transgender women.
Chanel Scurlock, 23, was found in a field early Wednesday morning in Lumberton, the southern part of the state. Per the news site, her cause of death was gunshot wounds. The victim's mother, Brenda Scurlock, tells WRAL that Scurlock stepped out Tuesday after an individual deleted a Facebook page with images and footage of her in women's clothing. She added some of Scurlock's friend were apprehensive about her going to meet the person behind the inactive page.
"I was surprised that he would go meet somebody that took the page down because that’s a red flag right there," Brenda said.
Law enforcement have not revealed a motive behind her death and are refusing to publicly declare that Scurlock knew her killer or if a suspect has been identified. However, they were able to find her vehicle.
The Human Rights Campaign issued a statement of their own regarding Scurlock's murder, saying "This epidemic of violence that disproportionately targets transgender people of color — particularly Black transgender women — must cease."
Anyone with tips are encouraged to contact the Robeson County Sheriff's Office Homicide Division via telephone at (910) 671-3170.