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The Fatal Shooting of Muhlaysia Booker Is Part of a Larger Trend of Violence Against Black Trans Women

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An attack against Muhlaysia Booker last month gained national attention.

The Dallas Police Department announced on Sunday that it had found a body early Saturday morning while responding to reports of a shooting. The department later identified the victim as Muhlaysia Booker, age 23. 

Booker is one of five transgender women who have been killed in 2019. All five victims were black women, the Human Rights Campaign reports.

Those victims include Michelle Simone, a 40-year-old black transgender woman, who was fatally shot on Sunday in Philadelphia. According to local media, the motive remains unknown, and no arrests have been made. Just last week, on May 14th, Claire Legato, a 21-year-old black transgender woman, died from injuries sustained after being shot in the head on April 15th, according to the Human Rights Campaign.

Last month, an attack against Booker gained national attention. According to the New York Times, after Booker was involved in a minor traffic accident in a parking lot, a man—later identified as 29-year-old Edward Thomas—was offered $200 to attack Booker. The beating, which occurred in broad daylight and was filmed on a cell phone, shows Thomas putting on gloves before repeatedly punching Booker. Other men also began kicking her while a group of bystanders watched. The video also shows that at least one woman shouted a homophobic slur. 

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