Update: Muhlaysia Booker "Transgender Woman" Murdered

Update: May, 20 2019

MetroWeekly Muhlaysia Booker, a Dallas transgender woman who was the subject of a video showing her being beaten by a mob of people last month has been fatally shot.

Police responded to a report of a shooting in the 7200 block of Valley Glen Drive, near the Tenison Park Golf Course in East Dallas, at around 6:40 a.m. Sunday. There, they found 27-year-old Muhlaysia Booker dead from a gunshot wound. There are currently no suspects at this time.

Police also say there is no evidence of any connection between Booker’s death and the assault on her last month, though they say they are continuing to investigate and trying to identify several of the people shown beating her on video, according to the local Dallas-Fort Worth CBS affiliate.

Booker is the fourth known transgender person in the United States to be killed in 2019. Last year, 26 transgender people, mostly women of color, were violently killed, according to the Human Rights Campaign.

Original Story 4-16-19

CBS NEWS —Police have made an arrest in the brutal beating Friday of a transgender woman that's being classified as a hate crime. It occurred in broad daylight in front of a crowd of people and was caught on cellphone video.

Police announced the arrest Sunday night of 29-year-old Edward Thomas and said they're continuing to canvass the neighborhood where it happened for other participants and witnesses.

They said the woman reported the assault while receiving hospital treatment Friday night.

She told officers she was attacked earlier in the day after she was involved in a minor traffic accident near an apartment complex, according to the police statement released Saturday.

She was apparently beaten into unconsciousness while the crowd looked on and homophobic slurs were shouted.

Several women eventually carried the victim's limp body to safety.

Last November, the FBI reported that 7,175 hate crimes were committed in the United States in 2017, the most recent year for which the agency had compiled data. Of those, 1,130 were based on sexual orientation bias and 119 on gender identity bias

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