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Man Arrested in Deaths of Dallas Transgender Woman and 2 Others

Man Arrested in Deaths of Dallas Transgender Woman and 2 Others

They charged the man, Kendrell Lavar Lyles, in connection with the death of Muhlaysia Booker, 23, a trans woman who was found dead last month, Major Max Geron said at a news conference.

Transgender rights activists protest the recent killings of three transgender women, Muhlaysia Booker, Claire Legato, and Michelle Washington, during a rally at Washington Square Park in NY on May 24.

While investigating those cases, detectives concluded that Lyles drove the same kind of auto that Booker was seen entering on May 18, the day she was last seen alive.

Kendrell Lavar Lyles, 34, has been charged with three counts of homicide.

The break in Booker's case comes as police continue to investigate killings involving at least two other transgender victims in the city.

The June 5 arrest came after tips from the public led police to Lyles as the suspect in the deaths of two women in the Collin County section of north Dallas, Geron said.

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Lyles was being considered a person of interest in the death of 26-year-old Chynal Lindsey, a black transgender woman whose body was pulled from the White Rock Lake on June 1 and whose death bore similarities to that of Booker, investigators said. Her death was ruled unexplained by the Dallas County medical examiner.

Police are also working to determine whether Lyles is connected to the deaths of other transgender women in Dallas.

Geron said that police had tied Lyles to Lindsey's case, but he did not elaborate further. During the course of the investigation, Homicide detectives were given additional information from a witness who had contact with the Lyles and provided details known only to the suspect.

Dragged across a Dallas vehicle parking lot in front of a jeering crowd before being brutally beaten like a 'punching bag, ' the footage of Booker being assaulted by three men as dozens did nothing went viral in May. The April 12 beating, recorded on a cellphone, shows the woman shielding her face as a man repeatedly pummels her. Someone offered Edward Thomas, 29, $200 to beat Booker, according to an affidavit.

Mobile phone analysis indicated he had been in the area where she was picked up as well as at the scene of her murder, the police statement said. The Human Rights Campaign notes the vast majority of the reported 128 transgender people killed between 2013 and 2018 were women of color.