Update : Arrest Made in Murder of 19 Year Old Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado

georgestevenmercadoJust read this off of Pam’s House Blend and then read the original article off of Primera Hora.

A man was arrested in the early morning hours in Cayay, suspected in the death of 19 year old Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado…an apparent homophobic hate crime…Sources say that the 28 year old man may have offered Lopez Mercado money for sex.

This case needs to be closely monitored for what may be the double victimization of Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado. There may be an attempt to paint this as a crime of passion, “gay panic”, and/or “prostitution gone bad” instead of the horrific act of hateful violence it was.

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7 comments on “Update : Arrest Made in Murder of 19 Year Old Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado
  1. The LGBT community around the world needs to take a look about the issues affecting the gay community in Puerto Rico and the history of hate crime through the history. The crimes against gay people in Puerto Rico always have been ignored by the police by blaming the victims. The government and religious group continue to promote hate against the gays. The crime against this young man is one of the most horrible crimes I’ve ever heard. The LGBT community needs to take step and investigate the abuse through the history against the LGBT community in Puerto Rico.

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  4. This is an outrage, again a young gay man attacked and killed and the fact that they where gay or bisexual etc is irreleveant. Murder is murder, this guy deserves to be burnt himself, i for one will not promote Puertoi rcio in my business affairs ( travel agent ) until this hatred stops or local government takes action to protect its citizens gay and straight.

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