Man arrested in assault on transgender woman in Dallas

Elias Hubbard
April 15, 2019

He said the attack has left him "highly upset" and that he hated watching his daughter being assaulted. "How?" said Debra Booker, the victim's grandmother.

"I felt like I wanted to personally cry, but the tears just wouldn't come out".

In response to some witnesses claiming that Booker was the aggressor in the early stages of the confrontation, the 23-year-old took to Facebook Sunday, writing in a blistering status updatr: 'There's no live videos of me attacking no cisgender woman!'

According to WFAA, Muhlaysia Booker was involved in a minor traffic accident which put her in the vicinity of the Royal Crest Apartments.

Some voices can be heard screaming for the attack to stop, and eventually Booker, after having been beaten across the parking lot of the apartment complex, is aided by a group of women who get her into a auto before taking her to a hospital.

The suspects are reported to have used homophobic slurs during the assault and police are working to determine whether it will be classified as a hate crime, the statement said.

The video appears to flip into selfie mode at one point, and the person recording appears to be laughing with a man in a white shirt and trousers. After about a minute, a group of women help the woman up and carry her away.

"Anyone who thinks it's acceptable just because she's transgender, something is wrong with them too", the victim's aunt, Quan Booker, said. It's still a human being, period.

The woman told Dallas ABC station WFAA she suffered facial fractures and a right arm injury in the attack.

"The person needs to be turned in, the people that did it, all that".

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said he is "extremely angry about what appears to be mob violence against this woman" and that those responsible do not represent how most residents feel about the city's "thriving LGBTQ community".

"When we as citizens see something bad, we've got to stop it. We know the Lord works in mysterious ways", Muhlaysia's father, Pierre Booker, said in an interview with NBC Dallas Fort-Worth.

The victim posted a message on Facebook on Saturday thanking her supporters. Family and friends are branding the attack a hate crime.

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