Murdered transgender woman remembered at vigil; persons of interest sought

Person of interest 1 (Source: NOPD)
Person of interest 1 (Source: NOPD)
Person of interest 2 (Source: NOPD)
Person of interest 2 (Source: NOPD)
Person of interest 2 (Source: NOPD)
Person of interest 2 (Source: NOPD)

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A murdered transgender woman was remembered Thursday as dozens gathered at Armstrong Park for a candlelight vigil in memory of Chyna Gibson.

Fighting back tears, Glenda Jackson talked about her niece.

"I just miss her, I just miss her, I just wish she could be here," Jackson said.

Gibson was one of two transgender women murdered in New Orleans in just a matter of days. She was a well-known performer who had come home to celebrate Mardi Gras. The NOPD said she was shot multiple times Saturday just before 8;30 p.m. in the 4300 block of Downman.

"Even though the LGBT community is their own community, they're human. Treat them the same way you would treat your brother, your sister or any member of your family. Love them the same, just as we love everyone else. Love them the same because they're human, and we loved Chyna with all of our heart, and right now we're all heartbroken," said Gibson's cousin, Dionne Dilosa.

The NOPD is investigating, but police said they don't believe the two recent murders are related.

"This movement cannot stop, you know? Lives like this cannot be lost, because ultimately women like her set the foundation for the generation that's to come, and I mean, we have just lost a great light," said Gibson's friend, Mariah Moore.

Now, family and friends are calling for justice.

"She was a beautiful person, beautiful person, beautiful heart, didn't bother nobody. You know the way it happened, she didn't deserve it. She really didn't," said Jackson.

New Orleans police said there has been an increase in violence against the transgender community, but there is nothing to suggest at this time that the murders were hate crimes. They are asking for the public's help identifying and locating two persons of interest in connection with Gibson's murder.

The two individuals in the photos, left, are not wanted for the fatal shooting, police said, they are only wanted for questioning.

If you have any information about the identity of these two individuals please contact Detective Robert Barrere or any Homicide detective at 504-658-5300. Citizens with information that can help solve crimes are asked to call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 or toll-free 1-877-903-STOP.

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