Black transgender woman Muhlaysia Booker fatally shot

Transgender woman Muhlaysia Booker shot to death in Dallas one month after surviving brutal attack caught on video

Last year, advocates tracked the deaths of at least 26 transgender people, the majority of whom were Black transgender women. Booker was reportedly pronounced dead at the scene.

At a press conference after she was attacked in April, Booker courageously spoke out against the violence she experienced. Police say Muhlaysia Booker, 23, was found early Saturday on a city street, reports NBC DFW. During the attack, the suspects used homophobic slurs, police said.

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.

The incident began when Booker accidentally backed into a vehicle belonging to one of the men. In the April attack, Booker said she backed into a man's auto in a parking lot and he pulled a gun on her. Video from the incident showed the suspects repeatedly punching and kicking Booker while she was on the ground. On April 14, 2019, at approximately 9:30 p.m., Dallas police detectives arrested Edward Thomas a, Black male 29, for his role in the Aggravated Assault, which was flagged as a hate crime.

"We're still attempting to identify other people that were seen assaulting Muhlaysia in the video", he said.

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Booker attended a rally the following week where she said she was grateful to have survived the attack. But, Weddington said, Thomas had not been linked to Booker's death.

According to local media, Assistant Chief Avery Moore said authorities did not have enough information to assess whether this weekend's shooting was motived by hate.

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings tweeted about the latest shooting, saying he is "deeply saddened" by news of Booker's 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. All of them had been fatally shot.

"So speaking directly to them - I want you to know that the DPD has never tolerated murder and we never will so understand that we will actively, aggressively pursue you".

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