Who Was Rayburn Barron and How Did He Die?

Rayburn Barron (born 1992, died October 21, 2021) was a 29-year-old American male who became a victim of a vicious murder perpetrated by popular TikTok star Ali Abulaban also known by his TikTok handle of @jinnkid. Rayburn had been close friends with Ana Abulaban, the estranged wife of the man who killed Rayburn and who was also murdered by Ali, and he supposedly murdered both victims in a fit of jealousy. The bizarre nature of the events that happened on that fateful day has left observers with more questions than answers about the identities of everyone who was involved in the incident. Our focus is on Rayburn Barron who was the male victim of an event that has all the markings of a crime of passion.

Profile summary of Rayburn Barron
  • Name: Rayburn Cardenas Barron
  • Date of birth: 1992
  • Date of death: October 21, 2021
  • Age at death: 29 years old
  • Place of birth: Staten Island, New York, United States
  • Nationality: American
  • Ethnicity: White Caucasian
  • Marital status: Single 
  • Instagram: @rayburntrees

Rayburn Barron was born in New York City

Before the tragic event that claimed his life, not much was known about Rayburn Barron. Following his death, however, the few details about his life that have popped up include the fact that he was born Rayburn Cardenas Barron in Staten Island, New York City, United States. That at least gives one the idea that he is an American citizen.

Pictures of Rayburn Barron have also surfaced and it clearly shows that he was a mixed-race adult male. It has also been revealed that at the time of his death, Rayburn Barron was 29 years old. From that information, we can also confirm that he was born in 1992 even though we have yet to confirm the exact details of his birth.

Several reports have confirmed that Rayburn Barron was originally from Mexico but we have yet to confirm the identities of his parents or that of any other family member that he might have had at the time of his death. It doesn’t require too much to guess that no matter who they were, they must be surely heartbroken about the brutal murder of their son and relative. Rayburn Barron was described as an amazing brother, son, nephew, cousin, and friend who positively impacted the lives of those around him and it will be hard for anyone not to be distressed by the death of someone who had touched lives as he did.

The mystery surrounding the identity of Rayburn Barron also means that details of his formal education are still unknown to the public and the media. Rayburn Barron was also not a well-known celebrity of any kind and this has impacted the knowledge about his source of income at the time of his death, despite his link to some TikTok stars, including the woman whose husband shot him.

Rayburn Barron and Ana Abulaban were just friends

Contrary to the perception of the man who prematurely ended their lives, Rayburn Barron and Ana Abulaban were reportedly just close friends who were not and had never been romantically attached. While we can’t be sure about Rayburn’s relationship status at the time of his death, his co-victim was a married woman.

That she was married though, did not mean she was without friends and Rayburn happened to be one of those friends. This piece of information may not have been available to his killer, or even if it had been was not enough for him to refrain from carrying out his cold-blooded act that led to the death of not just one person, but two people on that fateful day.

Ali and Ana Abulaban – image source

Rayburn Barron died from gunshot wounds

On October 21, 2021, Ali Abulaban walked into his estranged wife’s apartment where he shot and killed Rayburn Barron before shooting his wife who also died on the spot. Further investigation revealed that Rayburn had been shot three times while Ana Abulaban was shot once on the forehead.

Prior to these incidents, Ali had been kicked out of the home he shared with his wife Ana and their then 5-year-old daughter due to his incessant domestic abuse of Ana, including several that had come in the presence of their daughter. He had reportedly done as she had requested and checked himself into a nearby hotel.

Further investigation revealed that before he left, Ali made a copy of the key to their home and had sneaked back into the house when his wife and their daughter were absent. He had then proceeded to thrash the apartment before installing a listening device on their daughter’s iPad to monitor Ana and what went on in the house.

Ali was kicked out of the apartment on the 18th of October 2021, he returned a few days later to install the device and on October 21, 2021, he was back again to commit the crime that now has him in jail. Through the listening device, Ali had heard his estranged wife chatting and laughing with another man and erroneously assumed that she was cheating on him.

He quickly rushed to the apartment with a gun with which he proceeded to shoot Rayburn three times before turning the weapon on his wife and shooting her in the head. Ali then drove away with their daughter. On his way away from the crime scene, he called his mother to confess what he had done. He also called the police who arrested him 45 minutes later.

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Ali Abulaban has not been convicted

After he was arrested, Ali was arraigned before Judge Kimberlee Lagotta on Monday, October 25, 2021, where he was charged with the double murders of his wife and Rayburn Barron. Following the reading of the charges, Ali pled not guilty to the double counts of 1st-degree murder.

Judge Lagotta ordered that he be held without bail before issuing a protective order that requires him to stay away from his daughter. Ali Abulaban began facing a jury of his peers on September 27, 2022, and while the details of the court proceedings have yet to be published, it is believed that the prosecutors will seek the death penalty if he is convicted of the murders.

Speaking after his arrest and arraignment, a close relative of Ali revealed that he feels most sorry for Ali and Ana’s daughter who will likely become orphaned due to the evil acts of her father. When one examines the facts, it becomes quite difficult not to see things from the same perspective.

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