17-year-old trans girl killed

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A 17-year-old trans woman has been shot dead in Georgia – becoming the 14th trans person killed in the US this year and the youngest one. Ava Le’Ray Barrin was killed following an alleged altercation in the car park of Riverview Apartments, a building on the edge of Athens. Athens-Clarke police spokesman Epifanio Rodriguez told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that 21-year-old Jalen Breon Brown is the one who shot a young girl to death. Police responding to the incident found Barrin at the scene not breathing, having sustained a single gunshot wound to the side of the chest. She died before arriving to hospital. Her friends wrote an obituary calling her an adorable girl who died of a tragic violence which could have been avoided.Brown has claimed self-defence following the shooting, but he was indicted of murder. Barrin and Brown knew each other prior to the altercation, and Rodriguez said: “It was just an argument that escalated.” He added to the Athens Banner-Herald: “We don’t want to go into it any further because detectives are still speaking to witnesses.” Based on existing witness testimony and at-the-scene evidence, investigators have rejected the self-defence claim. Brown is currently in Athens-Clarke County jail with no bond.

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