Jalen Breon Brown and Ava LeRay Barrin

Murder charges have been dropped in the death of a teenager who was shot during transgender gang fight at an apartment complex in downtown Athens in June.

Rayquann Deonte Jernigan, 17, who went by the name Ava Le'Ray Barrin, was gunned down by another transgender in the parking lot of the Riverview Apartments on College Avenue.

A Superior Court judge dismissed all charges against 21-year-old Jalen Breon Brown, pictured left, after the judge determined that Brown was acting in self defense, according to the Athens Banner-Herald.

Police say neither Jernigan nor Brown lived in the apartment complex where the fight occurred. Brown was visiting other transgenders who lived at the complex when Jernigan showed up and said he wanted to fight Brown.
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Capt. Jerry Saulters, commanding officer of the Athens-Clarke County police Criminal Investigations Division, said Brown fired a "warning shot" near Jernigan before they both fought and fell down a flight of stairs.

At some point during the scuffle, Jernigan in a head lock and tried to wrestle the gun away when a shot rang out. Jernigan, pictured below, was shot in the chest and pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Ava Le'Ray Barrin

Brown claimed self defense, but Saulters said, “It did not hold up because he fired towards the victim prior to the fight, and a fight does not constitute deadly force,” Saulters said.

But the judge noted in his order to vacate the charges that Jernigan showed up to fight Brown.

Several transgender organizations, including one group based in England, released statements condemning the local newspapers for "misgendering" Jernigan by referring to him using male pronouns.

“What saddens and infuriates us as an organization that seeks to represent and empower black trans women is that Ava was just 17 years old and hadn’t even had a chance to follow her dreams yet,” Black Transwomen Inc. said in a statement. “Ava has become not only the 14th trans woman murdered in the U.S. in 2017, she unfortunately is now the youngest one killed this year. She is also the 12th African American trans person killed this year.”

  • Yoni7

    released statements condemning the local newspapers for “misgendering” Jernigan by referring to him using male pronouns.
    A life was lost and THIS is what they're most concerned about?

  • TMW

    Right...wow. Le sigh...

  • sunni_daze

    This was a trans on trans and I feel like this person is trying to clump this under homo/transphobia, which it wasn't in this case.

  • Rayne

    I’m sorry that this happened. Smh oh wow! But I’m sitting here with the cutest lil girl on earth cooing to my baby (in his swing) and he’s in his bouncer. We’re listening to Luther (big Luther tho) having fun together in my back yard ??
    She’s 5 months and he’s 3 months today lol

    Hate to take away from such tragic news. ?

  • Alextra Ballard

    Lol...Big Lufa was the shidz!!!

  • GAPeach

    My parents live in Athens. There is always some fukkery going. This wasn't a hate crime or anything. He/she wanted to fight, and unfortunately a life was lost.

  • Quitedeliteful

    People have got to be more careful! Whatever pure fukkery he was all hyped up about certainly about wasn't worth losing his life over.

  • BrownIsBack

    Um...Jennifer Hudson????

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    You know they were fighting over a man.

  • Quitedeliteful

    Had to have been. LOLLOLLOL!!!!!

  • Guess Who

    Imma hold my mule on this one.....

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    More homo-savagery. Back in the day, the "children" tried to protect one another. It was US against the world. Now, these deranged boys in dresses are killing each other at parties. Virginia Slims... you've come a long way, honey!

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    Queens fight for all kinds of reasons... unreturned "fashions," coins, jealousy, wigs/weaves, a place to stay, etc.

  • Bdot



    Chile ain’t that it.....


    Now Sandy the queens really don’t fight over men.... it’s to many to be fighting over. I’ll take what Chicagowise stated ?????

  • TransMichelle

    Okay Okay My lips are sealed. Toodles

  • Django the God


  • DeJeri

    I bet it was a really sassy fight. Lots of windmills and wig snatching

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    In the 80s, I was in a gay bar on Chicago's far north side, when a Puerto Rican drag queen started screaming bloody murder! Another rican drag queen stabbed him with a hypodermic needle, allegedly tainted with AIDS. I can still hear the attacker's husky, heavily accented voice taunting, "Now! That's why you got AIDS, b1tch!"

    That was my first and last time hanging out in a latino drag bar. The black drag dolls that I used to know, didn't carry on like that. ?

  • Solstice

    Wow!! ? That’s wild! And horrifying…

  • Logan Roberts

    Never bring a knife to a gun fight. RIP Sir.

  • Renee26


  • Guest©

    Write a book already. You have stories for days and I'd love to read them!

  • Guest©

    I saw a YouTube video of a bio woman jumping bad in a trans face. In my head I kept thinking does she not know this is still a man. He/she clocked her so hard. The men on the train tried to intervene but the damage was already done.

  • Black4life

    This transgenderism, homosexuality, and other unorthodox lifestyles used to be mental illness. What determined that it was no longer a mental illness?

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    It was very unnerving. The victim was inconsolable.

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    People's attitudes have changed. As a lifelong homosexual, I have often questioned the mental soundness of my sexuality. Growing up gay in the 70s and 80s, was much different than today. Back then, there was a lot of hiding, secrecy, and shame. Today, the children throw it your face like rice at a wedding.

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    I know. I know. I was thinking about buying a special laptop for that sole purpose... something I can carry everyday and write as the memories come back to me.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    I knew that we couldn't have a week without a good tranny story.

    Bless you Sandra.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    CW:Back then, there was a lot of hiding, secrecy, and shame.

    That's completely not true. It's only because people have social media and form their own cliques, but gay people are still thrown out by their parents homes, bullied at school, and disowned especially in the black community.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    That's why Sandra posts these tranny stories.

    She wants to stir hate against them.

    Thanks for proving my point.

  • Guest©

    There is something about the lifestyle that is maddening. I use to sing professionally and had many gay friends. If it wasn't AIDS that killed them it was drugs, smh. Only had one stable gay friend and he died last year of a heart attack ??

  • Dahl

    I second that!

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Wrong. This is a legit news story.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Whatever, Rod. ?

  • Stationarity

    One said something slick to me once. I quickly reminded myself that she was a man with Man strength and keep on walking. I remember what she said too, “She got an @$$ but no titties!” And looked me up and down.

  • Chocolate

    Always with the slick shit... I had one try to tell me I needed plastic surgery so my boobs would look more like implants...while he was doing my make-up at M.A.C. as a trial for an event I was throwing.
    Well I didn't hire his sassy broke ass ...told him to pay his rent with his titty opinions

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    There is a lot of grit amongst the glitter. The other side of that rainbow is dark, cruel, and unforgiving. It's the side of that lifestyle that no one wants to talk about. A lot of homosexuals are filled with self-hatred. That's why they are so self-destructive.

  • Judi Jupiter

    I saw a tranny fight once.2 ganged up on 1 guy while one was in a mini skirt. They beat him so bad, with a stick and everything. The one with the skirt was going in so hard his balls popped out. One was kicking, the other windmilling, all in their girly voices and all. When it was over, one of them stood up and said with the deepest voice ever, "Now run home and tell your mama you got beat up by two chicks with d***s".. When I tell you I could not stop hollering, I had tears in my eyes. He switched from a she to a he real quick...The things that happen downtown ATL when crack is involved...lmao and smh at the same damn time...

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    Social media is partly responsible for the shift in people's attitudes. There is strength in numbers. Things are a lot different now than they were in the 70s and 80s.

  • TheyDontHearMeTho

    All of these stories sound terrifying shit is crazy!!!! Idk how to feel bc i dnt have anything against gay or trans until they think they can disrespect and down talk naturally born women...they’re still men at the end of the day.

  • flowerinthemoonlight


  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    " I have often questioned the mental soundness of my sexuality."
    Wow. That's a courageous thing to say. Very few gays would ever admit that.

  • Kimocha

    That's sad! smh

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    Thanks for that story! Reminds me of the time I watched two drag queens drag a thug from his car and beat him with a garbage can! ?

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    My brutal honest, particularly with myself, is one of the reasons I don't have a lot of gay friends.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    I don't think people have shifted their opinions much about gays, it's just that whenever you have the knowledge that there are others out there like you then it changes things.

    Just like having some rich people use their money to create a school for gays which is a safe haven or successful people like Tim Cook coming out and banishing the idea that white gays can't be successful in corporate American.

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    I disagree. I know a lot people, family members included, who have changed their minds about homosexuals. Some of them changed their tune when their children came out as gay.

    There will always be people who hate or dislike you for various reasons, but being gay isn't the big deal it used to be.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Ok I guess blacks are homophobic by nature and then religion makes it worse.

  • Ebony Starr

    It's ironic that they can switch back and forth but are appalled by anyone who references them "incorrectly ".

  • Ebony Starr

    That should be the title of your book... The other side of the Rainbow.

  • ReadingIsFundamental4Real

    Why are they tripping over his death? He went looking for a fight and found one. He lost. The end.

  • MRiGOThim

    Chile, these trannies getting gansta packin that MEAT & that HEAT yasss gawd lmao :P

  • MRiGOThim

    How...Tranny lives matter :P

  • MRiGOThim

    "Man strength" lmao :P

  • MRiGOThim

    I'm gay & I'm against that shit too...u still a nicca in a wig bruh :P

  • Guest©

    Yes I know. I tried so hard to help when I saw the repetitive self destructive behavior. I had a friend tell me he met random men at parks and had unprotected sèx with them. When I spazzed out he said in was a hater and being overbearing. He's gone now but I wish he would've listened to my warnings. As a woman, I could never imagine doing such things. My heart is heavy when I think of the beautiful souls that are no longer here. Write that book to help other young gay men!!

  • Guest©

    Walking away was smart. I bet she had a mean sucker punch.

  • Guest©

    To be fair they should have trans competitions.

  • Robert lee Bennett OG

    Women stop running your sons fathers away

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    Simple as that

  • Bee jaay Cee

    The DSM...…..politics.

  • Bee jaay Cee

    Thanks for sharing. I am opening a new business and found out the handyman is gay. My
    understanding for him gave me a ringside seat with him for 2 days. Not the first time I've had this happen. Went to a gay bar with my ex husband at the request of a lesbian who had car repair contacts, She needed a shoulder to cry on cause her woman that we knew was cheating on her. When a gay man found out we were straight and the lesbian was crying to my ex, the gay guy started talking to me and since I didn't treat him like a social leper, he bought me a whole picture of beer. I got so drunk my ex laughed at me when we got home as he tried to sober me up and get me to bed.

  • Die Antwoord

    What is wrong with them dudes???

  • Judi Jupiter


  • Judi Jupiter


  • Solstice

    We have been encouraging and rooting for you for years CW!!! What are you waiting on? Use your pseudonym!! I will buy multiple books!! Hardcover books ? and Kindle! Do it! ???????

  • Solstice

    I have! ?????I agree with you. I have a family member that other family used to whisper and talk about shamelessly. Idk if he’s out but he no longer associates with his siblings. I talk and keep in contact faithfully. He’s my uncle and I love him regardless!! And I make sure to convey that love ?

  • Marlika


  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    Being "different" is never easy. Society teaches us it's best to blend in and assimilate. Individuality is scorned and if your differences are shunned by religion, watch out!

    Historically, countless atrocities have been perpetrated in the name of "god." Including the mistreatment and banishment of so-called loved ones. I'm glad your uncle has your unconditional love and support. You sound like a wonderful niece!

  • Solstice

    Indeed! Thank you ? ?

  • MRiGOThim

    then they'll bitch about being excluded...

  • ??LordHell2TheNaw??


  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    These younguns.
    Life is precious. Learn to enjoy it.

  • Guest©

    Smh. Any reputable scientist/doctor will confirm that genetic women cannot fairly compete with transwomen. Testosterone makes one physically stronger period. Let the trans compete against one another. I'd watch that lol.

  • gail jones

    I'm tryna tell ya. They don't hear you though.

  • gail jones


  • Robert lee Bennett OG

    And when he come out the closet they will be like oh follow the liberal talking point of he was born that way

  • Malcom Flex

    Males stop running away from your sons. #Fixed

  • Doink_Ahanahue

    Sad story.. Death is a terrible thing.

    But I'm going to keep saying it:
    A transwoman is nothing but A MAN DRESSED UP LIKE A WOMAN. They were called Transvestites. There is no difference.

    They were young men

  • SayWhatNow?

    How old do you have to be to become trans gendered? Do they let kids have the operation or are they call trans gendered because they dress like women?

  • Holler If Ya Hear Me

    I know WS sit back and laugh for hours at stories like this. The effeminization of black men is preposterous.

  • Karen Brady

    I AM HOLLERINNG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! About to read to some co-workers

  • MRiGOThim

    and I agree!!!

  • IDenity

    If only there were no gun.

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    Are you being facetious or expressing your feelings? Black people aren't the only ones who have issues with homosexuality. Believe it or not, I understand why people have an aversion to the LGBT community. Some of us present ourselves in such a disgusting manner, even I have a hard time understanding and identifying with them.

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    Most of them are full of rage. Their anger is directed at women, because most of them have been rejected by the only parent they had... their mother. So, in an effort to fill that need, they try to imitate the thing they desire the most... a loving and caring mother. The logic is... if I can prove I am actually a woman and not a homosexual man, the world and my mother, will accept me.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    No dude I am actually blacek with a black family who grew up in a actual in actual black family in an actual black neighborhood in an actual black church so I know a little more about black culture than you do Mr. quadroon/octoroon.

    Unfortunately the black community accepts a lot of disgusting behavior so keep that ill-supported opinion to yourself.

  • TheyDontHearMeTho

    Interesting take on that. I got into an altercation with my gay co worker. He’s very rude and bossy n thought he could talk to me any kind of way n quickly learned i was the RIGHT ONE. I never had anything against gay men until last night. They are not and will NEVER be equal to a woman igaf how confused they are..they think they can talk to us any way n be disrespectful. Mad cuz they’ll never know how being penetrated feels ????? I’d be mad n hostile too ????????????????????

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    Please understand, all gay men are not created equally. LOL! Some gay men are hostile towards women, some are not. Some lesbians are hostile towards men, some are not.

    I think it depends on their relationship with their opposite sex parent and whether or not they view the opposite sex as competition.

    I'm glad you stood up for yourself and put him in his place.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    This was deep and so true.

  • TheyDontHearMeTho

    So true ! And yes he definitely calmed that ass down too lol