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Coroner: Illicit silicone injection killed La. woman

NEW ORLEANS – The Orleans Parish coroner’s office says a black-market silicone injection killed a transgender woman earlier this year.

On Friday, the office ruled that the New Year’s Day death of 25-year-old Brenisha Hall was a homicide.

Hall died at Interim LSU Hospital in New Orleans, after two months in a coma. Doctors there originally ruled that Hall had died of natural causes, but the coroner’s office re-examined the case.

Another transgender woman, Armani Nicole Davenport, is accused of giving Hall the injection.

Davenport was arrested in November and charged with negligent injuring, and was booked into jail as Larry Bernard. Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office records say she remains free on a $25,000 bond. A New Orleans Police Department spokesman says detectives are considering whether to upgrade the charge.

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