Friday, November 20, 2009

Murder in Puerto Rico

Photo of murdered gay teen, George Steven Lopez Mercado

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We’ve been getting e-mails, Facebook messages and phone calls telling us of another horrific murder of a young gay man - this time in Puerto Rico. The ever informative Towle Road and international news source CNN reports that the brutalized body of gay teen George Steven Lopez Mercado was found by the side of a road just a few miles away from the town in which he was residing called Caguas. The teen’s decapitated, dismembered body was found on November 14, 2009. The police investigator on the case suggested that he deserved what he got because of the "type of lifestyle" he was leading.

One suspect has been arrested and is claiming a “gay panic” self defense. Puerto Rican news source PrimaHora reports that the suspect was targeted after extensive interviews with Mercado’s friends.

This month, like every month, gay murders have been reported in just about every country on the planet.

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