NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. (WKBN) – Police released the legal name of the transgender woman who died Thursday after being attacked in New Wilmington.
Late Friday night, police also released the name of the suspect, 33-year-old Juan Carter Hernandez, of Campbell, Ohio.
We tracked down relatives and friends to learn more about the victim, 24-year-old Chyna Carrillo, who was from Arkansas.
Friends and family said the nursing home worker moved to Pennsylvania for a new start. They say she never met a stranger — she loved making friends and spending time with family.
They also described Carrillo as confident and outspoken.
“She never hid who she was, even though she knew it could bring up issues. She wasn’t scared. It was, that’s why I clicked with her so quickly, ’cause she was so unapologetic about who she was and how she lived her life and the consequences that that unfortunately brought,” said Patrick Irish, a former coworker and friend of Carrillo.
Irish said Carrillo’s death should be a call for the community to be more accepting of transgender people.
Carrillo’s aunt said she was happy about starting to date someone new before Thursday’s attack.
“She was by beautiful, magical mermaid, and I always called her that. She’s my mermaid, and we miss her. We miss her terribly. We missed her before because we didn’t have her close to us, but know that she’s not going to come back is really hard,” said her aunt Mayra Carillo.
Pennsylvania State Police are still investigating the attack and the officer-involved shooting of the suspect.
Troopers have not released a motive for the attack yet.
They said the suspect was attacking Carrillo with a blunt object and that they ordered him to stop. He didn’t, so an officer shot him, according to Pennsylvania State Police.
Carrillo was on probation for drug charges in Arkansas but failed to show up for her intake on October 21. According to her probation officer, they visited Carrillo’s home but her mother told them that she was in a different state so they filed a petition to revoke her probation on November 30.