Trans Woman in Assault Video Is Found Shot to Death

A TRANSGENDER woman has been found dead after being shot in Dallas, Texas, over the weekend. When they arrived at the scene at the 7200 block of Valley Glen Drive, officials found the 23-year-old lying face down on the street, dead from a gunshot wound. Her alleged attacker, Edward Dominic Thomas, 29, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

In April, Booker was assaulted after being involved in a minor traffic accident at the Royal Crest Apartments, at 3558 Wilhurt Avenue in Dallas.

A mobile phone recording during the April incident showed her being beaten by a man as a crowd watched and authorities say the man was offered $200 to attack Booker.

The initial attack sparked a wave of outrage on social media, with many pointing to the very high rates of violence and homicide transgender people face every year. The suspects were reported to have used homophobic slurs and the assault was flagged as a hate crime.

Police said Sunday they didn't know of any connections between Booker's death and the assault. Vincent Weddington said that officers found Ms.

Last month, after a auto accident, an online video showed Booker being repeatedly punched and kicked in the parking lot of an apartment dwelling.

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Booker suffered a concussion, fractured wrist and other injuries. Someone pointed a gun at her and told her they would not let her go until she paid for the damages. "We at the Dallas Police Department take them serious".

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings tweeted about the latest shooting, saying he is "deeply saddened" by news of Booker's death.

Weddington said the investigation into the April attack continues.

"This time, I can stand before you, where in other scenarios, we're at a memorial", Booker said. Last year, advocates tracked the deaths of at least 26 transgender people, the majority of whom were Black transgender women. I am in contact with the chief and she assured me that the Dallas Police Department is fully investigating, including the possibility that this was a hate crime.

This epidemic of violence that disproportionately targets transgender people of color - particularly Black transgender women - must cease.

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