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.
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