Last month, a video went viral showing a group of men assaulting a trans woman. Now, a month later, she has been found dead.
23-year-old Muhlaysia Booker was found Saturday morning after Dallas police responded to reports of a shooting. While she was not carrying identification, the medical examiner was able to positively identify her.
The news is absolutely heartbreaking.
Sitting with this and processing it. It really, really hurts my heart.— Jon Paul, Ed.D. 🥰🌈 (@DoctorJonPaul) May 20, 2019
Heartbreaking. Life shouldn’t be so difficult.— BMore (@BMORE0831) May 20, 2019
I’m heartbroken for this young woman.— Bubberson (@leBubberson) May 21, 2019
Booker was attacked on April 12th, outside an apartment complex in Dallas. Video of the incident was recorded and shared on social media.
The video shows multiple people punching and kicking Booker as bystanders watched and the assailants used homophobic and transphobic slurs. She ended up suffering a fractured wrist and a concussion.
It was shown on CBS DFW, but we should warn you that it is graphic.
One man was arrested for the crime at the time, with police investigating more. Edward Thomas, who was accused of the assault, said that he was given $200 to carry out the attack.
Dallas police have said there is nothing connecting Thomas to the murder, however.
Mike Rawlings, the mayor of Dallas, has called on citizens to report any information they may have regarding the crime to the police.
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.— Mike Rawlings (@Mike_Rawlings) May 20, 2019
After her assault, Booker gave a statement about the conditions for trans people in this country.
“This time I can stand before you; whereas in other scenarios, we are at a memorial,”
Muhlaysia Booker said.
“This has been a rough week for myself, the transgender community and also the City of Dallas. But I want to sincerely thank all of you guys for coming out, for support and fairness.”
“And just as I am overwhelmed by your presence, your donation to support of my transgender family and allies who want to see justice served in this case. I will remain strong with your support.”
This is ridiculous! Leave people ALONE and mind your business! 🙏🏽— Vicki Irvin (@vickiirvin) May 21, 2019
😢😢😢 I hate this— Hollie Rood (@HollieRood2) May 21, 2019
I know they’re being targeted for being transgender but dammit they are HUMAN BEINGS. There are murderers getting away with killing these people. Wtf?— Itsgoingbrown💋 (@itsgoingbrown1) May 20, 2019
This is heartbreaking! The violence against trans women of color is out of control. We need to educate people. We need to stop allowing this behavior! RIP you beautiful soul, I’m so sorry ❤️https://t.co/L7JM8taBP4— Michelle Guido (@heyyguido) May 20, 2019
Police are still investigating other suspects for the attack in April and are asking for the community to come forward with information on the murder.
According to the Human Rights Campaign, three other transgender black women have been fatally shot this year. In 2018, at least 26 transgender people were murdered.
Transphobia isn’t a joke. It’s deadly.
A black man was offered $200 to beat up a black transgender woman. It was filmed & went viral one month ago. Today, she was found dead from a gunshot wound.— Uncle Ｇｉｏ (@GionniOnTheSpot) May 19, 2019
Transphobia is NOT a joke. Hold your peers accountable.
Transphobia KILLED Muhlaysia Booker. #ProtectBlackTransWomen
RIP Muhlaysia Booker. Stop killing trans women.— Yung Baby Tate (@yungbabytate) May 20, 2019
Gonna need y'all cishets to shut the fuck up about game of thrones for two seconds and talk about the Black trans woman that just got murdered a month after beong targeted for a transphobic assault.— Samantha Riedel (@SamusMcQueen) May 20, 2019
Her name was #MuhlaysiaBooker & I'm sick of ppl deprioritizing Black trans lives
A month ago, she was attacked by 3 men over a $200 bet in a video that went viral while many remained silent.— George M Johnson (@IamGMJohnson) May 19, 2019
Today she was found killed. Stop killing trans women.
RIP Muhlaysia Bookerhttps://t.co/Gp5XFk0wn7
Booker’s father, Pierre Booker, told NBC DFW that his daughter had been attacked before.
However, the most recent was the most violent.
“This don’t need to happen to nobody else’s kid, so we pray that everything comes out justifiable. We know the Lord works in mysterious ways.”