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Dallas Police Arrest Man Who Killed Transwoman, Muhlaysia Booker

Kendrell Lavar Lyles - Mugshot / Muhlaysia Booker

Looks like justice has been served! Dallas police have made an arrest in connection with the death of Muhlaysia Booker. Kendrell Lavar Lyles, 34, was arrested on June 5 and has been charged with three counts of murder, including that of transwoman Muhlaysia Booker.

Maj. Max Geron said Wednesday that Lyles, who's in connection with two other recent slayings, drove a light colored Lincoln which Booker was last seen getting into. According to cell phone records, learned that Lyles was also known to frequent the area in South Dallas where she had last been seen.

Booker, 22, was found dead from a gunshot wound around 6:40 a.m. that morning, in the 7200 block of Valley Glen Drive.

According to Dallas News, Quan Booker, Muhlaysia's aunt, said she was overwhelmed with emotion when her niece called with the news of Lyles' arrest. However, she's skeptical Lyles is the shooter because people from Booker's circle don't know him. Booker was always surrounded by people she knew well, Quan said

"If this is the one who killed my niece, I want to talk to him myself," she said. "I want to be in the courtroom, I want to ask him why."

Police had said in May that the fatal shooting of Booker shared similarities with two other attacks on transgender women — an Oct. 21 slaying and an April stabbing in which the victim survived.

Lyles is also a person of interest in the death of 26-year-old Chynal Lindsey, whose body was pulled from White Rock Lake on June 1.

In the October case, 29-year-old Brittany White was found fatally shot in a vehicle parked in southeast Dallas. In the April attack, a 26-year-old transgender woman was repeatedly stabbed and left for dead in South Dallas. The woman survived and provided information about her attacker.

Read our previous coverage on Muhlaysia here.


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