Police received a call about a shooting shortly before 7 a.m. on May 18. When they arrived at the scene they found Muhlaysia Booker, 23, face-down on the street, dead from a gunshot wound.
Dallas Police Lt. Vincent Weddington attributed Booker’s death to “homicidal violence” but did not provide additional details.
Last month, Booker was brutally attacked by a group of men who repeatedly punched and kicked her following a minor traffic accident.
The incident, which was captured on video and posted to Facebook, was being investigated by police as a possible hate crime.
Edward Thomas, 29, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault for the incident. He is no longer in jail and police are unaware of his whereabouts, but there is nothing at this time connecting Thomas to Booker’s death, Weddington said.
In a statement Monday, attorneys representing Thomas said it was their position that the April attack was not a hate crime, adding that their client “had absolutely nothing to do with” Booker’s death.
Dallas mayor Mike Rawlings tweeted that he was “deeply saddened” to hear about Booker’s death.
Transgender people face very high rates of violence and homicide. In 2018, at least 26 transgender individuals most of whom were black transgender women were killed through acts of violence.