Previously attacked Texas transgender woman found shot to death, a month later
Muhlaysia Booker, 23, was found lying face down in a street early Saturday in east Dallas on Saturday morning
Booker died of “homicidal violence,” police said
The April 12 attack, after a traffic accident left her with a broken wrist and a concussion
Edward Dominic Thomas, 29, was arrested and indicted on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after he accepted $200 to beat up Booker
Dallas police said there was no evidence connecting Thomas to Booker’s slaying, but it’s unclear whether her murder was motivated by hate or was a continuation of the April 12 attack
Her death is not currently being treated as a hate crime
Transgender woman Muhlaysia Booker, [photo[, was found dead lying face down in a street early Saturday in east Dallas. Police said the 23-year-old died of “homicidal violence.”
A transgender woman who was attacked by a group of people after a car accident in Texas last month was found fatally shot over the weekend, police said. Muhlaysia Booker, 23, was found lying face down in a street early Saturday in east Dallas.
She died of “homicidal violence,” although investigators said
that it’s unclear whether Booker’s death was motivated by hate or was a continuation of the April 12 attack.
The beatdown in a parking lot in the city’s Oak Cliff section left her with a broken wrist and a concussion. “We recognize that hate crimes, if you will, are a serious topic,” Assistant Chief Avery Moore said.
“We at the Dallas Police Department take them serious.” Detectives had no leads in the slaying as of Sunday, police told the newspaper. A video posted online last month showed Booker being viciously beaten in the parking lot of an apartment complex after a car accident.
A relative local stationWFAA that Booker was “thanking God” to have survived the attack, which occurred as people yelled homophobic slurs, she told police.
Edward Thomas was caught on tape pummeling and stomping a transgender woman, Muhlaysia Booker, after a traffic accident in Dallas in April [photo]. the assailant allegedly, was offered $200 to deliver the beatdown
The victim Muhlaysia Booker, told police that she accidentally backed into another vehicle while driving in the Royal Crest Apartments parking lot in the 3500 block of Wilhurt Avenue between 5 and 6 p.m. Friday. The driver of the other vehicle, who is named as a suspect in Thomas’ arrest warrant affidavit but has not been arrested, said he ran the victim off the road to keep her from fleeing.
Edward Dominic Thomas, a 29-year-old felon, is accused of repeatedly punching Booker while calling her derogatory names, according to the arrest warrant. Booker, told police the other driver pointed a gun at her and refused to let her leave unless she paid for the damage.
As a crowd gathered, someone offered Thomas $200 to beat Booker, the affidavit said. A video recording of the incident showed that Thomas put on gloves, then walked over to Booker and punched her multiple times. Police say another suspect who has been identified but not arrested repeatedly stomped on Booker’s face.
Several women carried Booker to a car and took her to UT Southwestern Medical Center, where she spoke to officers and said homophobic slurs were used during the assault, police said. She suffered a concussion and a fractured wrist, as well as bruising and swelling to her face.
Edward Dominic Thomas, was arrested and indicted on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after he accepted $200 to beat up Muhlaysia Booker last month
Two days after the mob violence that left the city’s mayor “extremely angry,” Edward Dominic Thomas, 29, was arrested and indicted on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Thomas, who has been released from jail after posting bail, was offered $200 by someone in a crowd that gathered after the car accident to beat Booker unless she paid for the damage, according to an arrest warrant affidavit. “This case is certainly disturbing,” police Lt. Vincent Weddington told reporters last month. “The video, I’m sure, shocks the conscience of anyone who looks at this video.” Thomas later admitted attacking Booker, but denied yelling homophobic slurs during the beat down, KXAS reports. Thomas was remanded in the Dallas County Jail, with his bail set $75,000. His list of priors in Dallas County include convictions for family violence assault, burglary and unlawful carrying of a weapon.
However police said, there was no evidence connecting Thomas to Booker’s slaying, which is not currently being probed as a hate crime.
Investigators have previously said more arrests were expected in connection with last month’s attack. But civil rights attorney Lee Merritt told the Dallas Morning News that Booker’s murder is troubling, especially for minorities who may be fearful to report alleged hate crimes. “There is a legitimate concern that the community doesn’t take seriously,” Merritt said.