Dallas police talk about investigation of attacks on transgender women
Dallas homicide detectives are working to determine if the same assailant is responsible for the killings of two transgender women in the city and the stabbing of another woman who survived.
The most recent homicide occurred Saturday, when Muhlaysia Booker was shot dead in the 7200 block of Valley Glen Drive, police said.
There is not a definitive connection between Booker’s killing and two other cases in which a transgender woman was the victim, but detectives are exploring similarities in the circumstances of the homicides and assault, police said Tuesday.
The other cases involve a victim who was shot in a vehicle in the 7100 block of Gayglen Drive in October and the stabbing of a victim in April. In the second crime, the victim survived the assault and has offered police a limited description of the suspect.
“Two of the victims were in the area of Spring (Avenue) and Lagow (Street) prior to the offenses,” Maj. Vincent Weddington said. “Two of the victims got into a car with someone, and one victim allowed someone into their car.”
Also Tuesday, Weddington described the death of a third transgender woman in Dallas. The victim’s remains were found in a field in July 2017. The cause of that person’s death is classified as undetermined, Weddington said.
Booker was beaten in April when she was involved in a traffic crash near a Dallas apartment building. A suspect was arrested in connection with the assault.
Police said the assault on Booker was flagged as a hate crime. Someone offered the suspect $200 to beat Booker as a crowd watched, according to an affidavit. During the attack, people in the crowd used homophobic slurs, police said. The attack was captured on video.
Anyone with information on the cases should call Crime Stoppers at 214-373-8477, Weddington said.