State police: Hate, bias not a factor in beating, stabbing death of woman in Lawrence County

State police: Hate, bias not a factor in beating, stabbing death of woman in Lawrence County
The Grove at New Wilmington, the Pennsylvania nursing home where Chynaa Carrillo worked, is pictured in a 2019 Street View image. State troopers are investigating the Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, beating death of Carrillo, 24, at a home next door to the facility. Her attacker, convicted murderer Juan Carter Hernandez, was shot and killed by a New Wilmington police officer. (Google)

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. — State police investigators said hate or bias against transgender people was not a factor in the death of a woman in New Wilmington.

Troopers said Chyna Cardena and Juan Carter Hernandez knew each other. Cardena, a transgender woman, was ultimately killed by Hernandez. When police arrived at the scene, an officer ordered him to stop, he refused and was then shot and killed by officers.

Cardena was rushed to a nearby hospital where she died of her injuries.

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A vigil was held Sunday night for Cardena.

Hernandez may have killed before. Channel 11 tracked a man with the same name, age and identifying information to North Carolina and the shooting death of a woman.

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