Transgender Teen Killed in Georgia; 14th Reported Trans Murder Victim of 2017

Ava Le’Ray Barrin, 17, of Athens, Ga., has become the 14th transgender homicide victim of 2017, and she is also the youngest. All have been transgender women of color.

Barrin was shot during an altercation in her apartment complex’s parking lot Sunday morning and died shortly thereafter at a local hospital, TransGriot reports. Jalen Breon Brown, 21, who reportedly knew Barrin, has been charged with murder and aggravated assault and is being held in Athens-Clarke County Jail, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Brown, who claimed self-defense, also is a transgender woman; both she and Barrin were misgendered by Georgia newspapers.

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