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Campus community joins in mourning murdered transgender woman

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NEW WILMINGTON, Pa.-- LGBTQ organizers from Pittsburgh held a vigil Sunday night to remember a Latinx transgender woman who was murdered last week.  The Sunday night vigil brought together community members including, some people from Westminster College.  

They mourned the loss of 24-year old Chyna Cardena.  She worked at the nursing home where organizers staged the candlelight vigil.  Organizers want to raise awareness for violence against the transgender community.  

According to state police, officers rushed to the scene where they shot and killed 33-year-old Juan Carter Hernandez, who they said was assaulting Cardena.  She later died at a Youngstown hospital from her injuries.  Hernandez, who lived in Ohio.

On Monday morning at 11:30, faculty, staff and students at Westminster will hold a moment of silence.  The focus of this event is to provide the campus community an opportunity to gather in support of one another as we grapple with the impact of violence.

Members of the College’s counseling team will be present.

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