my #womancrushwednesday/tuesday is this beautiful 17 year old princess by the name of Ava Le'Ray Barrin. this stunning 17-year-old transgender girl , Ava Le’Ray Barrin, was shot and killed in Athens, Georgia. Jalen Breon Brown, 21, has been charged with Barrin’s murder, after allegedly shooting her during an altercation in an apartment parking lot. Police say that she and Jalen knew one another, but don’t know what led to the shooting. In an online obituary, friends remembered her as a “social butterfly” and an “amazing girl” who “loved to make people laugh.” mourners held a candlelight service at the apartment complex where she was killed, according to TransGriot.
Almost every victim in the trans community has been a woman of colour, nearly all of them Black, a horrifying pattern that mirrors previous years, Black women have made up the vast majority of known transgender homicide victims. In November, HRC and the Trans People of Color Coalition released A Matter of Life and Death, a report that highlights how racism, transphobia and misogyny combine to create this epidemic of violence.
Like too many transgender victims of violence, Ava's name and gender were misreported by local law enforcement and media outlets. Announcements that fail to respect transgender victims’ identities not only upset the victims’ loved ones, but may lead to additional violence by creating the perception that law enforcement will not protect transgender people or pursue their attackers. Ava, sis, angel, baby girl, you were only 17, im sorry someone put your life in their hands and took it away, there's no telling the amount of change you would've brought at such a young age, you will never be forgotten, I lové you, we lové you. look at this queen, she was so beautiful.