During a Sunday press conference, Dallas police talked about the significant amount of violence that seems to be plaguing the city, with 23 murders already reported for the month of May, 18 of which have been solved. Assistant Police Chief Avery Moore said the police department takes murder seriously and will do everything it can to close unsolved cases and bring suspects to justice.
Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, who condemned the attack against Booker last month, responded to reports of her death on Twitter, saying: “I am deeply saddened to learn of the murder of Muhlaysia Booker. I call on anyone with information on this homicide to please contact the Dallas Police Department.”
Anyone with information on the shooting is encourage to send it via the department’s anonymous tip line by calling 214-671-4847 or texting “DPD” plus the information to 274637.
Kayla Gore, the Southern regional organizer for TLC@SONG, a national collaboration between Transgender Law Center and Southerners on New Ground, said in a statement she was “angry, heartbroken, and exhausted” to hear of Booker’s murder.
“Muhlaysia suffered the double violence of a brutal assault and of having video of that assault shared online. Millions of people watched and spread the violence committed against this young Black trans woman, and now she is dead,” Gore said. “I have spent much of my adult life in hospitals or at vigils for my sisters and sometimes not even allowed to grieve our loss due to the lack of family acceptance. Muhlaysia is at least the third Black trans woman to die this past week, after Claire Legato in Ohio and Michelle Simone in Pennsylvania, and one of a long list of anti-trans violence survivors.”
Gore also said Booker’s murder underscored the importance of supporting transgender women of color as they attempt to make change and advocate for themselves.
“Violence against Black trans women is a crisis, and has been for a long time — and nothing seems to change,” Gore said. “Last week, Transgender Law Center and Southerners on New Ground released the Grapevine Report showing just how widely violence pervades our lives in the South. 58% of transgender women and femmes surveyed reported experiencing high levels of violence by strangers.
“Through all this violence, the report also showed, we survive by relying on each other. In a society that can consume a brutal assault against a Black trans woman to the point of making it go viral, we can only trust in ourselves for solutions and support,” she added. “Do not turn away from this violence. Do not simply acknowledge and share. Invest in our community. Believe in and directly support the leadership of Black trans women.”