Her body was recovered from a garbage can in an alley located in a neighborhood of Chicago known as East Chatham on March 18.
Labelle’s sister Shameika Thomas spoke with WLS-TV saying, “It is heartbreaking for someone to beat her to death and throw her in the trash like she was garbage.” Thomas then added, “I loved my sister, whether she was transgender or not, and I would like for me and my family to have justice.”
The Chicago Police Department did reveal that they are in possession of surveillance footage from the area, however, at this time there are no suspects in connection to Labelle’s death.
Iggy Ladden, who is the Chicago Therapy Collective Director, believes that Labelle — known affectionately to friends and family as “Tee Tee” — is the seventh transgender person to be murdered this year.
Laden continued, “Black women in general, certainly Black trans women, go missing and there is not enough done. There are not enough police resources. There is not enough community response or political power weighing in.”