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A trans woman who was attacked in April has now been found dead. In April, 23-year-old Muhlaysia Booker was brutally beaten after getting in a minor traffic accident in the parking lot of an apartment complex in Dallas Texas. Footage of the incident went viral and Dallas’ mayor called it an act of ‘mob violence’. Dallas police identified 29-year-old Edward Thomas as one of the attackers in the video. Thomas was arrested but later released.
On May 19, Dallas police announced that officers found Booker ‘lying facedown in the street’ the morning of May 18. Police said they responded to a report of a shooting and found Booker fatally shot. Police claim there was no evidence linking the homicide to the April attack.
According to the Human Rights Campaign, at least 26 trans people were killed in the U.S. in 2018, a majority of whom were Black transgender women. Experts say these statistics are likely low since police departments aren’t required to report such crimes to a central database and often release incorrect names or genders.
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