NCAVP mourns the death of Chyna Carrillo, a 24-year-old Latinx trans woman who was beaten to death in New Wilmington, PA by a man named Juan Carter Hernandez. Juan was fatally shot by police when they tried to intervene during the attack – they asked him to stop, and he refused. Chyna was later transported to the hospital for her injuries, but passed shortly after.
Chyna was a new resident of Pennsylvania, a move from Arkansas she hoped would act as a fresh start, according to friends and family. She worked at a nursing home as a certified nursing assistant, close to where the attack occurred. Friend and former coworker Patrick Irish spoke to a local news station about Chyna’s death, stating “Whenever I was around Chyna and I knew I was working with her, it just felt like my world would light up … Her move to Pennsylvania was supposed to be a new start for her. I was really excited to see that for her, and to see that someone decided it was her time, it’s been so painful.”
Chyna’s mother Lila has spoken out as well, telling the same station “I love my kid with all of my heart and now she’s gone … She’s not coming back.” Lila also mentioned her acceptance of Chyna’s trans identity: “She was crying because she didn’t know how I was going to react, she was expecting the worst … I looked at her and said don’t ever forget, no matter what, I’m going to love you forever – forever.”
Chyna’s 25th birthday would have been on March 5 – “I’m going to be celebrating a birthday with an angel in heaven,” says her mother.
NCAVP works to prevent, respond to, and end all forms of violence against and within lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and HIV-affected communities. NCAVP is a national coalition of local member programs and affiliate organizations who create systemic and social change. NCAVP is a program of the New York City Anti-Violence Project.