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Trans woman killed, found near Amite City is the second dead within a week, advocates say

Louisiana Trans Advocates called for local law enforcement officials to release more information publicly about the murders.
Credit: St. Helena Parish Sheriff's Office
Shaki Peters

AMITE CITY, La. — The body of a trans woman was found near Amite City and ruled a homicide less than a week after another trans woman's body was found in Baton Rouge, according to an advocacy group. 

Shaki Peters, 32, of Denham Springs was found dead off of Opal Bennett Road on July 1, near the town of Amite City, according to information from the St. Helena Parish Sheriff's Office that identified her by a different name. 

In a statement Saturday, Louisiana Trans Advocates identified her as a trans woman and said that another trans woman was also found dead in Baton Rouge days earlier. 

Draya McCarty of Hammond's death has not been ruled a homicide, but no information has been made public about her death by Baton Rouge law enforcement agencies. 

Amite City is about an hour away from Baton Rouge. 

Sheriff's officials said they were looking into a person of interest from another parish in the case of Peters' death, but have made no arrests.

Louisiana Trans Advocates called for local law enforcement officials to release information publicly about McCarty's death and to provide additional details about the investigation into both cases.

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