Chrissie Bates's photo: murder victim was working as a prostitute
|Chrissie Bates, in a self-portrait posted on Backpage.com|
Before she died, Chrissie was working as a prostitute. In an advertisement posted Dec. 17 on Backpage.com, Chrissie describes herself as a "classy and sassy southern belle" who is "very passionate, artistic and sweet." She charged $100-an-hour for her intimate services.
|Chrissie Bates's prostitution ad|
Backpage.com is owned by City Pages' parent company, Village Voice Media.
Chrissie was from New Orleans and hadn't been in town that long. She was a warm, funny person, according to neighbors and people who have contacted OutFront Minnesota to share their memories of her. Neighbors say they saw johns visiting Chrissie's apartment.
|Chrissie Bates's door|
In addition to the Minneapolis Police Department, the FBI is also involved in the case because of potential civil rights violations. A representative from Human Rights Campaign in D.C. will attend the vigil for Chrissie next Friday, Jan. 21.