The transgender Dallas woman who was brutally beaten on April 12 was found fatally shot just before 7 a.m. Saturday, police said.
Police said it is unclear if her shooting was a hate crime or motivated by retaliation. Police say Muhlaysia Booker, 23, was found early Saturday on a city street, reports NBC DFW.
"There is nothing at this time to connect Mr. Edward Thomas and the offense that occurred yesterday", he said.
In a separate incident last month, Booker, 22, was assaulted by several men in the parking lot of a Dallas apartment complex after what police said was a minor traffic accident. Authorities said the man was offered $200 to attack Booker. Other men also struck Booker, with one stomping on her head. On April 14, 2019, at approximately 9:30 p.m., Dallas police detectives arrested Edward Thomas a, Black male 29, for his role in the Aggravated Assault, which was flagged as a hate crime. Video of the incident was shared on social media. Vincent Weddington said that officers found Ms.
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On Sunday, Weddington encouraged members of the public with information on either case "to come forward with information to bring closure to both these offenses".
"This time I can stand before you, where in other scenarios, we're at a memorial", The Dallas Morning News reported her as saying.
According to Human Rights Watch, at least 26 transgender people were killed in the USA previous year, the majority of whom were African-American.
Booker spoke out in the days after the attack to thank the community for supporting her.