Published: Tue, May 21, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

A transgender woman survived a beating. Weeks later she was killed

A transgender woman survived a beating. Weeks later she was killed

The transgender Dallas woman who was brutally beaten on April 12 was found fatally shot just before 7 a.m. Saturday, police said.

Weddington said during a news conference that police were responding to a shooting call Saturday at 6:40 a.m. when they found Booker lying facedown in the street, "deceased from homicidal violence".

In a separate April incident, Booker was assaulted by several males in the parking lot of a Dallas apartment complex, after what police said was a minor traffic accident.

"That's what your f***ot a** gets", "Get that faggot out of our hood", and "Shoot that punk a**", police claim the crowd and attackers said.

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

Thomas, 29, was charged with aggravated assault in the attack; gender identity is not covered under Texas' hate-crime statute. Police have no suspects at this time and are asking the community for help in the investigation. Authorities have yet to make any arrests in her murder and are unsure there is a connection between her death and the assault she endured last month.

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings reacted to the news of Booker's death on Twitter, and said: "I am deeply saddened to learn of the murder of Muhlaysia Booker". He is no longer in jail and police are unaware of his whereabouts, however they said that there is no evidence to link him to the killing. Vincent Weddington said Sunday that police don't know where he is, but there is nothing to connect him to Booker's murder.

Muhlaysia Booker speaks during a rally on Friday, April 20, 2019 in Dallas. A crowd gathered, and video shows Booker being repeatedly punched and kicked. Transgender Americans face disproportionately high rates of hate-motivated violence. She suffered a broken wrist and a concussion.

"This time, I can stand before you, where in other scenarios, we're at a memorial", Booker said. I am in contact with the chief and she assured me that the Dallas Police Department is fully investigating, including the possibility that this was a hate crime.

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

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