A New Orleans murder last Sunday may have been motivated by the victim’s style of dress or perhaps gender identity, reports The Times-Picayune.
Twenty-one Eric Lee was found with multiple stabbing wounds lying inside his Algiers apartment . Police said he was engaged in an argument with three women shortly before he was killed, however no motive has been released for the stabbing."
The newspaper adds: "Perrion Crawford, Ventrice Battle and Regina Reddick have all been booked with second degree murder in connection with the killing of Eric Lee at the Jackson's Landing apartments in Algiers, said a spokesman for NOPD.
The Advocate has more on the possible hate crime motive: "Residents told The Times-Picayune that Lee, 21, had lived in the apartment complex for several months. They said Lee dressed as a woman and went by the name Beyonce. One resident said that Lee could often be heard arguing with other residents. 'Probably because they made fun of him,' the resident said."