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Bronzeville, Near South Side

Transgender Activists Call For Police Update After 2 Trans Women Murdered

Advocates for trans people will hold a news conference and rally Thursday night outside Chicago Police Headquarters.

Ciara Minaj Carter, left, and Dejanay Stanton were murdered this year.
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CHICAGO — Advocates for transgender people are demanding an update from Chicago Police after the recent murders of two two trans women.

Activists plan to host a news conference and rally Thursday night outside Chicago Police Headquarters, hoping to get answers in the two homicide cases. They’ll also ask people who are running for office in Chicago to “provide a plan that will seek justice and curb violence toward transgender people, specifically transgender women of color,” according to a news release.

The murders happened just in the last two months: Ciara Minaj Carter was stabbed to death Oct. 3 in Garfield Park.

Just weeks earlier, Dejanay Stanton, 24, was found dead on Aug. 30 in Bronzeville. Stanton, described as humble and beloved by people on social media, had been shot in her head in a homicide.

Prominent activists, including LaSaia Wade from the Brave Space Alliance, will speak, and LGBTQ clergy will lead a hymn as attendees form a human chain around part of the police station.

The news conference starts 6:30 p.m. Thursday outside Chicago Police Headquarters, 3510 S. Michigan Ave. The rally will begin after the news conference.