Friday, 23 August, 2019

Transgender Texas woman seen in videotaped attack found dead

April attack Police determining if assault on transgender woman a hate crime Transgender woman who was attacked on video found fatally shot in Far East Dallas
Patty Aguilar | 20 May, 2019, 23:37

Transgender woman Muhlaysia Booker, who was violently beaten by a mob in Dallas, Texas last month, has been shot dead. Booker was reportedly pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said Sunday that they had no leads in the case.

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

NBCDFW reports: "Police said they had not made any arrests in connection to Booker's death and said Sunday they do not believe there is a connection with the April assault".

The victim stated she was assaulted after a being involved in a minor traffic accident at the Royal Crest Apartments located at 3558 Wilhurt Avenue in Dallas.

They added that there is no evidence linking her murder to Edward Thomas, a 29-year-old man who was charged with assault against her in April.

The incident began when Booker accidentally backed into a auto belonging to one of the men.

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

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

A cellphone recording showed her being beaten by a man as a crowd watched and authorities say the man was offered $200 to attack Booker.

"This has been a rough week for myself, the transgender community and also the city of Dallas", Booker said at the press conference.

Police said the assault was flagged as a hate crime. "We as a department hold human life dearly and precious as should everybody but we recognize not everybody does", Assistant Chief Avery Moore said.

Booker's death was the 23rd homicide last month, Dallas police department said.

Late Sunday, Mayor Rawlings tweeted that he was "deeply saddened" to learn of her death.

According to Human Rights Campaign (HRC), at least 26 trans people were killed across the country past year - the majority of whom were African-American trans women.

Trans women of colour are disproportionately affected by violence.

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