A transgender woman who was attacked by a mob last month in Dallas has now been murdered.
Muhlaysia Booker, 23, was found shot to death on a city street early Saturday morning, The Dallas Morning News reports. Police said she was the victim of “homicidal violence.”
Assistant Police Chief Avery Moore said the police did not have enough information yet to determine a motive for the crime — including whether it might be a hate crime or retaliation related to the April attack.
In that attack, several men beat and kicked Booker in the middle of an apartment complex while dozens watched. They shouted misogynist and antigay slurs during the assault, which occurred after a traffic accident. She told police she’d backed her car into another vehicle in the complex’s parking lot, and someone pointed a gun at her and refused to let her leave until she paid for the damage.
She suffered a concussion and broken wrist in the attack. One man, Edward Dominic Thomas, 29, has been arrested on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and has been released on bond. Someone offered him $200 to beat Booker, according to an arrest warrant. Other arrests are likely, police say.
There is no evidence linking Thomas to Booker’s death, Dallas Police Major Vincent Weddington said at a Sunday press conference, CNN reports. But police do not know Thomas’s whereabouts, Weddington added.
At a rally after the April attack, Booker commented on her survival. “This time, I can stand before you, where in other scenarios, we’re at a memorial,” she said, according to the Morning News.
She is at least the fourth transgender person to be murdered in the U.S. this year. All the victims are women of color.