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Transgender woman who was attacked in viral video last month found shot and killed

She was found lying face down in a Dallas public street

Image source: KXAS-TV video screenshot

A Texas transgender woman, who was assaulted last month, was found shot and killed over the weekend.

Dallas police officers found Muhlaysia Booker, 23, "lying face down in a public street" at about 6:40 a.m. Saturday, according to authorities.

"Dallas Fire-Rescue responded and pronounced the victim deceased from homicidal violence," Dallas Police Maj. Vincent Weddington told reporters Sunday during a news conference.

Police said they have no leads or suspects in the case.

What are the details?

Dallas police responded to a shooting call Saturday morning in East Dallas.

Upon arrival to the scene, they found an unidentified woman lying dead in the street, Weddington told reporters.

The medical examiner later identified the body to belong to Booker, the same transgender woman who was assaulted by several men last month.

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What happened to Booker in April?

In April, a viral Facebook video showed a group of people kicking and punching Booker in a parking lot following a car accident. The woman reportedly suffered a broken wrist and concussion in the attack.

Two days later, Edward Thomas, 29, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He is accused of repeatedly punching Booker and using homophobic slurs during the attack. Thomas was later released from jail after posting bond.

Police said the assault case is still under investigation and officials are trying to determine whether or not the assault met the criteria of a hate crime.

At this time, police said they have no information connecting Thomas to Booker's death.

What else?

Police have asked for the public's help in the case surrounding Booker's death.

Anyone with information about Booker's death should contact Detective David Grubbs at 214-671-3675 or email david.grubbsjr@dallascityhall.com.

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