Muhlaysia Booker was found face-down in a street early Saturday, and no suspect has been identified, police Maj. Booker was reportedly pronounced dead at the scene.
The man who beat Booker in April, Edward Dominic Thomas, was offered $200 to deliver the beating, according to reports. Officers say that there is no indication at this point that the April attack is linked to Booker's killing.
Video of the incident was then posted to Facebook and went viral, gaining national headlines. Dallas Police arrested Edward Thomas, 29, one of several suspects in the videotaped attack, but he is no longer in police custody.
It was also unknown whether Booker had received death threats before she was gunned down.
Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings reacted to the news of Booker's death on Twitter, and said: "I am deeply saddened to learn of the murder of Muhlaysia Booker".
Dallas police have not made any arrests in connection with Booker's murder, but did release a statement Sunday saying that the department does not believe there is a connection to the prior assault.
A video of the incident showed Mr Thomas putting on gloves and punching her repeatedly, giving her a concussion and a broken wrist. I am in contact with the chief and she assured me that the Dallas Police Department is fully investigating, including the possibility that this was a hate crime.
It is clear that fatal violence disproportionately affects transgender women of color, and that the intersections of racism, sexism, homophobia, biphobia and transphobia conspire to deprive them of necessities to live and thrive.
Weddington said the investigation into the April attack continues.
Booker spoke out in the days after the attack to thank the community for supporting her.
Sadly, we all know that this type of violence is not new or rare for transgender women. In 2018 alone, at least 26 trans people - most of whom were black trans women - were killed through violent acts.