Over 400 mourners celebrated the life of Muhlaysia Booker, a transgender woman of color shot and killed in Texas. Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and other city officials attended to show their respects.
“Today, we gather to mourn with the family,” said Stephanie Martin, a pastor at Cosmopolitan Congregation of Dallas. “But also to celebrate the life of Muhlaysia Booker, a young woman whose life was cut short by hatred, which has left yet another indelible stain on God’s tapestry of love and equality.”
Booker was the victim of a mob beating a little more than a month before she was killed. Video of the vicious attack went viral on social media and spawned national outrage.
The attack started after a minor traffic accident when the other driver pulled a gun on Booker and refused to let her leave until she paid for the damages. According to police, people shouted “That’s what your faggot ass gets,” “Get that faggot out of our hood,” and “Shoot that punk ass” at her while she was being beaten.
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