Gay Teen Burned and Decapitated in Puerto Rico

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    Nov 16, 2009 11:15 PM GMT
    http://www.365gay.com/topics/news_politics/gay-teen-burned-and-decapitated-in-puerto-rico/

    "Towleroad reported today that a gay Puerto Rican teen was found brutally murdered on the island.

    Nineteen-year-old, Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado’s body was found burned, decapitated and dismembered on Nov. 14 in Cayey, a city only a few miles away from his hometown in Caguas.

    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.”

    According to Pagan, the story has only made local headlines and deserves international coverage."
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    Nov 16, 2009 11:23 PM GMT
    How sad! Our world is really sick.
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    Nov 17, 2009 12:15 AM GMT
    Damn !!!! what kind of hate is it that would cause someone to do this kind of crime?
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    Nov 17, 2009 6:13 AM GMT
    TheIStrat saidhttp://www.365gay.com/topics/news_politics/gay-teen-burned-and-decapitated-in-puerto-rico/

    "Towleroad reported today that a gay Puerto Rican teen was found brutally murdered on the island.

    Nineteen-year-old, Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado’s body was found burned, decapitated and dismembered on Nov. 14 in Cayey, a city only a few miles away from his hometown in Caguas.

    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.”

    According to Pagan, the story has only made local headlines and deserves international coverage."



    This is the type of story that should make headlines as well, because it should OPEN many eyes. Man I feel horrible upon hearing this news, these types of hate crimes show how far behind we are in humanity, something that shows disrespect of our own human culture...now I'm pissed off!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Nov 17, 2009 6:34 AM GMT
    Beyond Fucking disgustingicon_evil.gificon_cry.gif
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    Nov 17, 2009 6:48 AM GMT
    Being Puerto Rican, this rings so true. It is not ok to be gay. My father won't even let me talk to his side of the family about my sexual preference. It's still Back Assword there.
  • dfrourke

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    Nov 17, 2009 5:53 PM GMT

    This story makes me so mad...not just for the brutality of the crime, but the fact that media has not said a word about it...

    I emailed Rachel Maddow and Anderson Cooper to see if this gets bigger air time for such an injustice...

    - David
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    Nov 17, 2009 5:57 PM GMT
    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’.

    There ya go ......

    I wanted to believe that this was just an unfortunate incident
    where the man was just in the wrong place at the wrong time

    But that statement said it all icon_neutral.gif
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    Nov 17, 2009 6:00 PM GMT
    A suspect has been arrested...

    http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/11/17/puerto.rico.hate.crime/

    (CNN) -- A suspect has been arrested in the slaying of a 19-year-old Puerto Rican man found Friday decapitated, dismembered and partially burned, police said Tuesday.

    The suspect, a 27-year-old man from the interior Puerto Rican town of Cayey, was attending a court hearing Tuesday morning at which charges would be lodged, said Wilson Porrata Mariani, spokesman for the Guayama police district, which has jurisdiction in the case. Neither the suspect's name nor a motive was immediately available, Porrata Mariani said.

    The Puerto Rican gay community is asking authorities to investigate whether the slaying was a hate crime because the victim, Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado, was gay, said Pedro Julio Serrano of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.

    "The brutality of the slaying and the fact that he was openly gay leads us to believe it was very possibly a hate crime," Serrano said.

    The suspect was arrested Monday night, Porrata Mariani said.
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    Nov 19, 2009 9:56 PM GMT
    Matos, the murderer, cried as he left the court room, and will reportedly claim he murdered López in a fit of "gay panic" after he discovered he was actually a man after he solicited the teen for sex. Local authorities have yet to decide whether to file additional charges against Matos under the Commonwealth’s hate crimes statute, which includes sexual orientation. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has said it may bring federal hate crime charges in the case.

    If the defense of gay panic is accepted, I wonder if the defense of "straight panic" could then be used as a defense for a gay person who murders a straight person?

    Pretty sick, eh?
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    Nov 19, 2009 10:00 PM GMT
    disgusting... absolutely disgusting
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    Nov 21, 2009 1:46 AM GMT
    I don't know If I should throw up or cry... icon_cry.gif
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    Nov 21, 2009 1:53 AM GMT
    It kinda sucks that people have hatred towards us for no reason. Sometimes I wonder why me. Why must I be tortured? For being who I am.
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    Nov 21, 2009 2:06 AM GMT
    It makes me so sad and mad. Those disgusting bastards should be castrated openly.
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    Nov 21, 2009 2:11 AM GMT
    i mean why jus why...like life isnt hard enough
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    Dec 04, 2009 1:26 AM GMT
    Whether he was gay or not, that's a horrible thing to happen to any human.