Murder

North Carolina Trans Drag Queen Found Dead

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“Police confirmed on Tuesday afternoon the identity of a homicide victim found near a local gay and lesbian bar. According to the Fayetteville Police Department, officers found transgender drag performer Imaje Devera (born Jimmy Ali McCollough), 34, shortly after midnight on April 14 in front of 119 Joseph St. The body was found near Club Emages, formerly Club Spektrum. Police are not releasing any more information at the time, including how the victim died, citing the sensitive nature of the case. Club Emages owner Dy’Mond Cartier told Raleigh news station WRAL that police said Devera had been stabbed and that the case was being investigated as a hate crime.”

And isn’t this the revelation: “The club was not open on Monday evening, so it is not immediately clear why Devera was in the area. However, sources have told Q-Notes that Devera was involved in prostitution as a way to support herself. In many instances, transgender individuals are forced to engage in prostitution as a livelihood, due to high rates of anti-gay and anti-transgender employment discrimination.”

[Q Notes]