Muhlaysia Booker of Dallas, TX was found face down in the street, dead from a gunshot wound over the weekend. Booker is the transgender woman who was assaulted by a group of men last month following a minor traffic incident. The incident went viral on social media and caused major outrage amongst the LGBT community.
Police say they responded to reports about a shooting around 7 a.m. on May 18th when they discovered Booker outside on the ground, unresponsive. Dallas Police Lt. Vincent Weddington attributed Booker’s death to “homicidal violence” but did not provide additional details. There is no confirmation on if her death is a direct result of the previous assault or a separate incident.
The April assault on Booker was being investigated by police as a possible hate crime. Edward Thomas was arrested and charged with aggravated assault for the incident. Weddington said Thomas is no longer in custody and his whereabouts are unknown, but there is currently nothing connecting Thomas to Booker’s death. Police are still working to identify additional suspects seen in the video participating in the assault on Booker.
Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings tweeted his reaction to Booker’s death writing, “I am deeply saddened to learn of the murder of Muhlaysia Booker. I call on anyone with information on this homicide to please contact the Dallas Police Department.”
According to the Human Rights Campaign, there have been at least 26 deaths of transgender people in the U.S. in 2018 due to fatal violence. The majority of those deaths were Black transgender women.