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17-year-old Ava Le’Ray Barrin becomes youngest of 14 trans-WOC murdered in the U.S. this year

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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Comment by Rosalind Strong-Finch on June 30, 2017 at 7:55am
*OMG...
Comment by NKJ on June 30, 2017 at 7:26am
Homophobia and more specifically transphobia are the third rail for our people. Don't get me started on the contemporary Black church! The sooner we deprogram the hate and replace it with love hyper masculinity and distorted views of Black manhood will quite literally kill us.
Comment by Rosalind Strong-Finch on June 30, 2017 at 12:06am
KMG.... SO SAD.
Comment by Muíran Shíoraí on June 28, 2017 at 6:29pm

I have no word, no sound that can express the sorrow and rage that burns within me right now.


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