Jeffery "Ciara" McEleveen
Ciara McEleveen, born Jeffery, had a lengthy history of convictions for violent criminality. (Courtesy: New Orleans Advocate)

New Orleans, Louisiana, US – In January 2016, a 25-year-old approached a standing vehicle and held a knife to the driver’s neck while an accomplice climbed into the front seat, records show. The individual wielding the knife was reportedly Jeffery McEleveen, a man who self-identified as a woman named Ciara.

According to the victim, the two men drove him to an ATM to withdraw cash, and then to another location at which they purchased drugs.

The assailants also forced the man to perform various sex acts, police reports show.

After the crime, it took law enforcement eleven months to track down Mr McEleveen.

Police arrested him on charges of second-degree kidnapping, second-degree rape and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Life of Crime

Mr McEleveen had a lengthy rap sheet of violent crimes that stretched back several years.

Jeffery "Ciara" McEleveen
Jeffery “Ciara” McEleveen (Courtesy:

In 2010, at the age of 19, Mr McEleveen pulled out a knife and threatened a 27-year-old man during a brawl outside a club. When a bouncer exited the club and intervened to break up the fight, Mr McEleveen swung the knife at the bouncer and the 27-year-old.

Violent Death

On February 27, 2017, three months after his November arrest, Mr McEleveen was murdered.

A witness spotted Mr McEleveen sitting in the passenger seat of a vehicle, arguing with the driver.

The driver exited his car and opened the passenger door, still shouting at Mr. McEleveen.

When Mr McEleveen refused to leave his vehicle, the driver yanked him out by force and tossed him to the ground before driving the car over Mr McEleveen’s legs.

Mr McEleveen’s body was found to be covered with stab wounds, and he was rushed to the hospital, where he died.

In June 2018, Leonard Ward, aged 55, was named a person of interest in Mr McEleveen’s murder. In July, police alerted the public that Mr Ward was wanted on a second-degree murder charge, and asked anyone with information about his whereabouts to alert Crimestoppers.

The homicide of Mr McEleveen drew national attention.

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Transgender woman arrested in New Orleans kidnapping, rape
The New Orleans Advocate
New Orleans police have arrested a transgender woman in connection with a rape and kidnapping that occurred in January, according to police records. Police said they arrested Jeffery Mceleveen, 25, on Tuesday on counts of second-degree kidnapping, second-degree rape and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Murder warrant issued in 2017 death of Ciara McElveen: NOPD | The Times-Picayune
More than a year after New Orleans police named a “person of interest” they said might have information about the stabbing death of Ciara McElveen, the department confirmed detectives have obtained a warrant charging the same man with her murder.

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