Police have arrested a Southwest Philadelphia man for Monday's murder of a transgender woman from Wister.
Raheam Felton, 31, of 61st Street near Elmwood Avenue, was charged with murder and possessing an instrument of crime for fatally stabbing a person police identified as London Banks but friends knew as London Kiki Chanel, 21, of Armat Street near Germantown Avenue.
Police found Chanel bleeding on the sidewalk about 12:49 a.m. Monday outside Ingersoll Street near 22nd in North Philadelphia. She died at 1:03 a.m. at Hahnemann University Hospital of multiple stab wounds, police said.
Felton is being held without bail pending a June 3 preliminary hearing, court records show. He is a repeat offender with multiple previous arrests - but few convictions - for offenses ranging from aggravated assault to prostitution and burglary, records show.
Deputy Commissioner Kevin Bethel, the department's LGBT liaison, told Philadelphia Gay News that the murder was a domestic situation. Felton lived with Chanel and two other transgender women, and the deadly argument erupted over a personal conflict, not anti-transgender bias, Bethel told the paper.