Chyna Carrillo

Human Rights Campaign

Chyna Carrillo

Pennsylvania State Police identified the woman fatally beaten Thursday in New Wilmington as Chyna Carrillo.

Police said Carrillo, who was also known by a last name of Cardena, was 24 and from Springdale, Arkansas.

Her death has attracted nationwide media attention — a story from the Human Rights Campaign said her death is at least the seventh violent death of a transgender person this year while noting those deaths are often underreported or misreported.

State police said they suspect Juan Carter Hernandez, 33, Campbell, Ohio, of killing Carrillo.

Carrillo, a nursing home worker, was taken to the trauma center of St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown, Ohio, Thursday after police said they saw a man, identified as Hernandez, assaulting her with a blunt instrument outside a house at 524 S. New Castle St. in New Wilmington. The man ignored verbal commands from a New Wilmington police officer. The officer drew his service weapon and fatally shot Hernandez.

New Wilmington police have not released the officer’s name.

Police have not released a motive for the attack.

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