Her Name Was Ciara Minaj Carter Frazier
By Mila Madison
Ciara Minaj Carter Frazier, 31, was found dead from multiple stab wounds late Wednesday in the West Garfield Park neighborhood of Chicago. According to police, it is believed that she was killed by a man she was having an argument with in an abandoned building.
The abandoned building was located in the 4500 block of West Adams. It is believed that around 9:30 PM, as their argument escalated, the man proceeded to stab her and leave her body in the backyard of the building.
Frazier was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy performed on Thursday confirmed she had died from multiple sharp force injuries and her death is being ruled as a homicide.
She is the second transgender woman to be murdered in Chicago in just over a month. On August 30th, Dejanay Stanton was murded on Chicago's South Side.
LaSaia Wade, executive director of the Chicago trans advocacy group Brave Space Alliance, knew Frazier through Chicago’s ballroom scene and told the Chicago Sun Times that she is frustrated by the lack of progress in both Frazier and Stanton’s cases.
“It feels like we are being targeted,” Wade said. “I’m frustrated and upset with the lack of cases turning around. There is a lack of needs for our safety from police.”
According to a report by Monica Roberts of TransGriot, local advocates and people who knew Frazier say that local news outlets are not reporting “some disturbing details” about what had taken place. They allege that the man had mutilated Frazier’s body and cut off her genitalia, and her body was found nude when it was discovered. If these details are confirmed, her murder would be considered a hate crime.
Her murder is still under investigation by Chicago Police Detectives.
Frazier becomes the 22nd transgender person to be murdered in 2018.
Rest in power Ciara Minaj Carter Frazier!