Baton Rouge police are investigating a homicide after the victim was found dead from gunshot wounds off South Choctaw Drive on Monday afternoon.
Multiple friends of the victim and advocacy groups have contacted the Advocate saying she was a transgender woman after police identified the victim late Monday as male.
The victim's social media profiles are under the name Queasha Hardy. Attempts to reach Hardy's family have been unsuccessful. Police identified her as Kevin Hardy Jr., 24.
A Baton Rouge police spokesman said Tuesday that the victim's next of kin requested the person be identified as male.
The person was found lying in the street in the 1700 block of North Harco Drive and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. The shooting was reported around 1 p.m. Monday.
Dozens of the victim's friends posted on her Facebook page in the hours after the shooting, expressing pain and disbelief that someone so full of life and personality could be taken so soon. Many of the posts referenced her Baton Rouge hair salon and her talent as a stylist.
One person even said she had an appointment Monday evening and was planning to show up until she received news of the shooting.
"God hears our cries. … It's been raining since you left," one person wrote. "Just to have you in our presence was enough. You didn't deserve it."
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Baton Rouge Police at (225) 389-4869 or Baton Rouge Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.