Sometimes I read stories that horrify me so much that it’s hard to continue, let alone turn into a blog post.

This- is one of those…


On November 14 the body of a gay 19 year old was found a few miles away from the town in which he was residing in called Caguas.  He was a very well known person in the gay community of Puerto Rico, and very loved.  He was found on the site of an isolated road in the city of Cayey, he was partially burned, decapitated, and dismembered, both arms, both legs, and the torso.

The police agent that is handling this case said on a public televised statement that “people who lead this type of lifestyle need to be aware that this will happen”.

The boy’s name was George/Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado and he was 19 years old, according to the CNN iReport.

From 365gay.com


According to an iReport by Christopher Pagan, “He was a very well known person in the gay community of Puerto Rico, and very loved.”

Pagan said, “Never in the history of Puerto Rico has a murder been classified as a hate crime. Even though we have to follow federal mandates and laws, many of the laws in which are passed in the USA such as Obama’s new bill, do not always directly get practiced in Puerto Rico.”

Pagan also noted the public remarks from a police investigator for the case that ‘people who lead this type of lifestyle need to be aware that this will happen’.

Towleroad translated gay activist Pedro Julio Serrano’s response:


“It is inconceivable that the investigating officer suggests that the victim deserved his fate, like a woman deserves rape for wearing a short skirt. We demand condemnation of this investigator and demand that Superintendent Figueroa Sancha replace him with someone capable of investigating this case without prejudice.”

I just met Pedro Serrano and Rea Carey, a few weeks ago in Portland…

I’m looking into finding out anything more about this terrible murder, as well as how the new federal hate crimes law works in Puerto Rico.

This hurts- nineteen years old. Just a kid, a few years older than my own. The same age I was when Charlie Howard was murdered, 25 years ago…

If anyone has information to add, links, etc to this story, please do- and spread the word to help bring his killer(s) to justice.

LINKS:

Solicitan relevo de agente investigador en asesinato de joven homosexual en Cayey – Primera Hora

“Crimen de odio” contra gay de 19 años

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