Dallas man arrested in slayings of three people, including transgender woman

Kendrell Lavar Lyles was arrested in connection with the connection of Muhlaysia Booker in Dallas

Kendrell Lavar Lyles was arrested in connection with the connection of Muhlaysia Booker in Dallas

Kendrell Lavar Lyles, 34, has also been charged with the murders of two other people, officials said.

Detectives found that Lyles' auto matched the description of the one witnesses reported seeing Booker enter on May 18, the night she was later found dead, Geron told reporters.

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Police have not connected Lyles to those two killings, but Geron said Lyles was a person of interest in the death of 26-year-old Chynal Lindsey, who was found in White Rock Lake on June 1.

"Officer Amber Roman, DPD's LGBT liaison officer, noted in an email following the press conference that the two other murders Lyles has already been charged with" involve individuals that are not a part of the LGBTQ+ community".

Human Rights Campaign (HRC) said that at least 26 trans people were killed across the USA previous year - the majority of whom were African-American trans women.

Two years ago, the remains of a 27-year-old transgender woman, Armani Dante Morgan, turned up in a field in east Oak Cliff, Dallas, according to local station KXAS-TV.

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The June 5 arrest came after tips from the public led police to Lyles as the suspect in the deaths of two women in the Collin County section of north Dallas, Geron said.

In the immediate aftermath of Booker's death, police announced that her killing might be connected to two recent violent attacks on women who, like Booker, were transgender.

Investigators have not determined a motive in the killings. The April 12 beating, recorded on a cellphone, shows the woman shielding her face as a man repeatedly pummels her.

The man accused of beating Booker last month, Edward Thomas, is out of jail but police say there's nothing to connect him to Booker's death.

The fatal shooting of Booker sent shock-waves across the US.

Mr Thomas was charged with aggravated assault, but denies using homophobic language during the attack. Her death drew national attention to the cycle of violence transgender women regularly experience. The Human Rights Campaign notes the vast majority of the reported 128 transgender people killed between 2013 and 2018 were women of color.

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