A transgender woman and mother of three was fatally shot by St. Louis police on Tuesday morning.
Kenny “Kiwi” Herring’s sister-in-law alleges that she was repeatedly harassed by the neighbor she cut with a butcher knife. When cops arrived on the scene, the man had cuts on his face, torso and arms.
After the 30-year-old welded the knife at officers, even cutting one of them, she was shot multiple times, according to an eyewitness.
Nance said a bystander told her that he heard “four shots and then a second set of three more.”
“Kiwi was harassed and executed and it’s a horrible feeling,” said Herring’s sister-in-law, Crevonda Nance. “The neighbor was homophobic and made fun of her. We couldn’t understand why he was so angry and why he cared about Kiwi’s sexual orientation.”
The latest reports on the shooting allege that Herring believed the unidentified neighbor was responsible for a fire that broke out on the upper-level of the flat where she resided with her girlfriend, Kristy Lynn Thompson. Thompson is currently facing charges of assault for providing her partner with the knife she used to attack the neighbor.
Both cops are said to have shot at Herring and are currently on administrative leave pending an investigation.
At a vigil for Herring Wednesday evening, nearly 100 protesters took to the streets of St. Louis for the married mother. When a car driven by Mark Colao was ambushed by demonstrators, he proceeded to drive through the crowd, injuring three people. Coloa was arrested and is being charged with felony fleeing.
According to The Advocate, Herring is the 18th transgender person killed this year. Herring left behind her 4, 7 and 8-year-old children.