17-year-old Atlanta transgender woman murdered in Athens

The Georgia LGBT community is in mourning this week after learning a 17-year-old Atlanta transgender woman was murdered in Athens. Ava Le’Ray Barrin was shot and killed on Sunday by an acquaintance named Jalen Breon Brown, but police aren’t sure what led to the shooting. According to Human Rights Campaign, Barrin is the 14th known death of a transwoman due to anti-LGBT violence this year. Nearly all of the women, including Barrin, were black. Barrin, who was mis-gendered and identified as Rayquann Deonte Jernigan in early media reports, was shot once in the chest at about 11:45 a.m. on June 25 during a fight with Brown in the Riverview Apartments complex on College Avenue. Brown was quickly arrested and remains in jail without bond, facing murder and aggravated assault charges, according to the Athens Banner-Herald. Brown, who is also a transwoman, claims she shot Barrin in self-defense. Epifanio Rodriguez, spokesman for the Athens-Clarke County Police Department, told the Banner-Herald the shooting occurred as an argument escalated, and police “do not believe Brown’s self-defense claim based on witness interviews and evidence collected at the scene,” but Rodriguez would not elaborate further. “We don’t want to go into it any further because detectives are still speaking to witnesses,” Rodriguez said. During the June 27 Atlanta Pride Grand Marshal Reception, grand marshal Jamie Roberts — an attorney and trans activist — held a moment of silence in Barrin’s honor.

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