Charlotte killers
Dontarius Long (L) Joel Brewer (R) Source: Union County Sheriff’s Department)
Two men have been arrested for the murder of Charlotte transgender women Jaida Peterson, 29, and Remy Fennell, 28.

Dontarius Long, 21, and Joel Brewer, 33, were charged Friday with murder by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police according to WBTV 3. Both men have been charged with murder, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, robbery with a dangerous weapon, and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon.


Jaida Peterson, 29, was discovered in a hotel room at Quality Inn near the airport, on April 4, Easter Sunday. She had been shot, according to CMPD. Her funeral took place Tuesday in South Carolina and loved ones held a vigil last week for her in Charlotte.

Jaida Peterson
Jaida Peterson / Charlotte Uprising
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Eleven days later, police were called to a hotel in University City. At the Sleep Inn, located on North Tryon Street, early Thursday morning, police officers found a 28-year-old transgender woman Remy Fennell fatally shot.

Remy Fennell
Remy Fennell

Police have not ruled out additional hate crime charges. The men may have had sex with the victims before killing them. They are presently looking into the region to see if other murders might be connected.

R.I.P. Remy Fennell
R.I.P. Jaida Peterson

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