London Chanel, a 21-year-old transgender woman from Philadelphia, is the 8th transgender black woman to be killed this year. According to NBC Philadelphia, Chanel was stabbed to death on Monday in a Philly rowhome. Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small said an argument erupted between Chanel and her accused attacker, which resulted in him stabbing her.
“She had a heart of gold,” Chanel’s friend Kione Seymore said remembering her Monday evening. “She hardly ever frowned. She always had a smile on her face. Her laughter was infectious.”
The verbal tiff soon grew into a physical fight that ended with Chanel being stabbed twice in the back and once in the neck, according to Small.
The attacker and another person, who witnessed the stabbing, carried the woman downstairs and placed her on quilts outside the home. They were doing CPR on the victim when they saw a School District of Philadelphia officer nearby.
Small said they flagged the officer down for help who then called Philadelphia Police.
Officers rushed the victim to Hahnemann University Hospital where she was pronounced dead just after 1 a.m., police said.
Nellie Fitzpatrick, Director of LGBT Affairs for the city, confirmed Monday afternoon that Chanel was a member of the transgender community and said she was “devastated” by the loss.
“My heart goes out to her family, friends and the community as we mourn her death,” she said. “I know that the police department will work tirelessly to fully investigate the case.”
Although both the witness and alleged killer have been taken into custody, no charges have been filed as of yet.