Police are investigating whether or not themight be linked to a different Dallas homicide and an assault through which the victims have been additionally transgender ladies. Dallas Police Main Vincent Weddington stated the capturing dying of Muhlaysia Booker over the weekend, the capturing dying of a transgender lady in a automobile in October 2018 and a stabbing assault on a transgender lady final month all have “similarities,” however stated investigators have not decided definitive hyperlinks between them.
Booker was discovered shot to dying on an east Dallas avenue Saturday. Final month, video exhibiting 23-year-old Booker being brutally overwhelmed by assailants utilizing homophobic slurs went viral and prompted nationwide outrage. Police have stated there is no obvious hyperlink between the April 12 assault and her homicide.
Booker’s slaying together with the 2 different crimes Dallas police described Tuesday stay unsolved. In two of the instances, Weddington stated, the victims have been close to the identical intersection in East Dallas previous to the crime. Two of the victims obtained right into a automobile with somebody, and the third allowed somebody into their automobile, Weddington stated.
Within the assault final month, the sufferer was stabbed a number of occasions and left for lifeless, however survived, Weddington stated. Police are working with the sufferer to find out an outline of the attacker.
Weddington stated police are working with federal authorities to find out whether or not the murders and the stabbing assault have been hate-motivated. He stated one other transgender lady was discovered lifeless in a area in July 2017, however her reason behind dying has not been decided.
Booker was the fifth transgender particular person killed within the U.S. in 2019, in accordance with the Human Rights Marketing campaign. Advocacy teams say assaults on transgender folks within the U.S. are on the rise,. Final 12 months, the Human Rights Marketing campaign tracked at the very least 26 deaths because of deadly violence. Nearly all of victims have been black transgender ladies.