Transgender-rights advocates identified a woman shot and killed in a New Orleans East parking lot on Saturday night as a well-known pageant performer named Chyna Gibson.
Police said officers found Gibson lying between two vehicles in a parking lot in the 4300 block of Downman Road shortly before 8:30 p.m. Saturday, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.
Gibson was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office has not identified Gibson as the victim of the shooting. But in a statement, the Dallas-based group Black Transwomen said she was a performer well-known in the pageant and ballroom community.
She was also known as Chyna Doll Dupree, the group said.
"Chyna Gibson had gone home to New Orleans (like) thousands of other people, (to) celebrate Mardi Gras and be with her family during that festive time,” the group said. “Instead, she was brutally murdered.”
Police have released few details on the shooting, and no suspects have been named.
Authorities asked anyone with information to call Homicide Detective Robert Barrere at (504) 658-5300.
Editor's note: This post was changed on Feb. 27 to remove a reference to Gibson's birth name.