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17-year-old ava le’ray barrin becomes youngest of 14 trans-woc murdered in the u.s. this year

July 1, 2017

Another transwoman, Ava Le’Ray Barrin, was murdered this week, becoming the youngest trans murder victim in the U.S. in 2017. As reported by the AJC, for reasons still unknown, a fight occurred at the Riverview Apartments in Athens, Georgia between 17-year-old transwoman Ava Le’Ray Barrin and 21-year-old Jalen Breon Brown. According to a spokesperson for the Athens-Clarke County PD, Epifanio Rodriguez, the two knew each other. Athens-Clarke County PD responded to reports of an altercation at 11:45 AM where they found Barrin, who suffered a gunshot wound to the left side of her chest, not breathing and unresponsive. An hour later at a local hospital, Barrin was pronounced dead.

Despite Brown’s claims of self-defense, he was arrested and charged with murder and aggravated assault. He is being held at Athens-Clarke County jail with no bond.