The transgender woman who was beaten in broad daylight by a group of men in Dallas last month was fatally shot, according to police.
23-year-old Muhlaysia Booker was found facedown on the street after police got a report about the shooting incident before 7 am on May 18.
Dallas Police Lt. Vincent Weddington did not provide additional details but attributed her death to ‘homicidal violence.’
A month before the shooting incident, Booker was assaulted by a group of men who repeatedly kicked and punched her after a minor traffic accident.
The assault was recorded on video and shared on social media. 29-year-old Edward Thomas was arrested and charged with aggravated assault.
Thomas got out of prison and police have no clue of his whereabouts. There is also nothing that connects him to Booker’s death.
According to Thomas’ attorneys, the April attack was not a hate crime and their client “had absolutely nothing to do with” Booker’s demise.
The statement said: “We have no doubt that the truth will come to light in this situation after a thorough investigation by the Dallas Police Department.”
Authorities are still working to identify other suspects that were in the video of the assault.
The beating last month started after Booker accidentally backed into a man’s car and tried to drive away from the scene. The suspect then ran her off the road to block her. He allegedly threatened her with a gun unless damages were paid.
In the video, someone can be heard offering Thomas $200 to beat her up after the accident.
Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings tweeted: “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.”
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