Published: Mon, May 20, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Texas transgender woman seen in videotaped attack found dead in shooting

Texas transgender woman seen in videotaped attack found dead in shooting

"Upon arrival, officers found the complainant lying face down in the street - deceased from homicidal violence", Weddington said during a news conference on Sunday.

Weddington didn't release any additional details but said there's no evidence indicating a link between the shooting and the April 12 beating Booker suffered after she was involved in a minor traffic accident. But, Weddington said, Thomas had not been linked to Booker's death.

The incident began when Booker accidentally backed into a auto belonging to one of the men. Her words have been re-shared across social media in the wake of her death.

Remember, a video went viral of Booker being attacked by a group of men after getting into a minor vehicle accident. 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.

Booker was identified as the victim at around 3 p.m. Sunday as a positive identification was not immediately possible as there was no identification on the body, he said.

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

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Booker spoke out in the days after the attack to thank the community for supporting her.

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

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. "We need the help of the community and that will be our directive".

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".

While trans people only make up just.6% of the USA population, according to a 2016 estimate, they face disproportionately high rates of fatal violence. The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) estimates that at least 26 trans people were killed across the United States previous year.

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