BATON ROUGE, La. — A Louisiana man faces murder and other charges in the connection with the death of a transgender man of color.
Media reports indicate that Nicholas Matthews shot Demarkis Stansberry inside his Baton Rouge home on Feb. 27.
The Advocate, a local newspaper, reported that Matthews admitted to police that he shot Stansberry. He nevertheless said that he thought the magazine of the handgun he used was empty because he fired several rounds on New Year’s Eve.
Matthews has been charged with negligent homicide, illegal use of a weapon and possession of a firearm by a felon. He remains in custody on $90,000 bail.
“We are saddened by the loss of Demarkis Stansberry, and send our condolences to his loved ones,” said Emily Waters of the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs in a statement. “We are only beginning to see national visibility around the disproportionate violence that transgender people face in this nation. Violence against transgender men has been largely missing from these conversations, and we must encourage a discussion of the unique ways that transgender men experience violence.”
Elizabeth Anne Jenkins, president of Louisiana Trans Advocates, on her Facebook page said that Stansberry was a member of her organization.