Joel Brewer, 33, and Dontarius Long, 21, have been arrested by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. They are accused of taking the lives of African American transgender women Jaida Peterson, 29, and Remy Fennell, 28, in Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, United States.
On April 4, 2021, Peterson was fatally shot at at the Quality Inn off Queen City Drive in Charlotte. Born in Florence, South Carolina, USA, she was an alumna of Hartsville High School in Hartsville, Darlington County, South Carolina and McBee High School in McBee, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.
On April 15, 2021, Fennell was fatally shot at the Sleep Inn on North Tryon Street in Charlotte. She was originally from Hampton, Virginia, USA.
On April 16, 2021, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department officers arrested Brewer and Long. It is unclear if the two are residents of Charlotte.
“I can tell you that our investigation has advanced to the point where I feel confident there is no one else at large who is apart of this,” WBTV quoted Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Lieutenant Bryan Crum as saying. “These two individuals and these two individuals alone are responsible for Jaida and Remy’s murder.”
Both Peterson and Fennell were sex workers, according to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. Brewer and Long were believed to have killed both two victims together.
“We keep us safe,” Charlotte trans organizer Ash Williams told NBC News. “The police do not keep us safe. They made that clear last week when they deadnamed and misgendered Jaida so we don’t give a f— about what the police are talking about.”
Brewer is being held in custody of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office. He was charged with two counts of murder, two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, robbery with a dangerous weapon, and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, WCCB Charlotte reported.
Long has yet to be transferred into custody of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office. He was charged with murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon, and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon.