No foul play is suspected in the death of Lateasha Shuntel, a well-known Atlanta transgender performer, whose body was found Wednesday morning.
Shuntel, a staple in the Atlanta drag scene, was beloved by many and her passing has sparked an outpour of emotional reactions on social media. “You where one of the first people I met when I moved here in 97,” Atlanta drag queen, and RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 2 contest, Nicole Paige Brooks shared on Facebook, “I worked with you from my start here in Atlanta at Backstreet I can’t fathom you not being there this week asking me to help with your hair. I can’t believe I am saying this. Rest in Peace my friend Lateasha Shuntel you are going to be forever missed.”
Although there are conflicting stories about the location of her death, it appears that Shuntel’s friends are not suspicious of foul play.
Other queens, including Drag Race Season 6 fan favorite Trinity K. Bonet, have shared their condolences:
I have sit here for hours trying to process on what to say, what to think, how to feel. Atlanta has lost one hell of a gal today. Such a true inspiration to anyone needing advice or just a simple question answered about drag. No matter how busy she was, she always made time to make sure she noticed you and you were fully taken care of. I wasn’t as close to you as the rest of the Atlanta drag sisters were, but you touched a heart many times, in more ways than one and left a forever handprint on mine. Fly high Lateasha and show heaven what a true legend is. Love and going to miss you tremendously!
Shuntel was known for her kind heart and highly elaborate nail art, so Queerty and Dragaholic have put together this small but sickening photo gallery in-memorium:
Rest in Peace.