Transgender woman recently assaulted on camera found shot dead in Dallas

Clay Curtis
May 20, 2019

A transgender woman who was attacked in April by a group of people in an incident that was recorded on video was found fatally shot Saturday morning on a Far East Dallas street. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Weddington said the investigation into the April attack continues.

Police responded to a report of a shooting in the 7200 block of Valley Glen Drive around 6:40 a.m. Saturday, Dallas Police Major Vincent Weddington said.

As a crowd gathered, someone offered $200 to a man to beat the woman, who suffered a concussion, fractured wrist and other injuries, police said at the time. Dallas Police arrested Edward Thomas, 29, one of several suspects in the videotaped attack, but he is no longer in police custody.

He also stressed to whoever killed Booker, they are taking her death very seriously.

Video of the incident was then posted to Facebook and went viral, gaining national headlines.

A cellphone recording showed her being beaten as the crowd hollered and watched.

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Police said the assault was flagged as a hate crime.

Booker attended a rally the following week where she said she was grateful to have survived.

"We're still attempting to identify other people that were seen assaulting Muhlaysia in the video", he said. "However, there was nothing to connect Thomas to Booker's death, Weddington said".

"This time, I can stand before you ... whereas in other scenarios, we are at a memorial".

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings tweeted about the latest shooting, saying he is "deeply saddened" by news of Booker's death. "I call on anyone with information on this homicide to please contact the Dallas Police Department".

It is clear that fatal violence disproportionately affects transgender women of color, and that the intersections of racism, sexism, homophobia, biphobia and transphobia conspire to deprive them of necessities to live and thrive.

According to the Human Rights Campaign, Booker is the fourth black transgender woman to be killed in the United States since the beginning of 2019.

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