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Thu Nov 19 2009 (Updated 11/27/09)Oakland Vigil in Honor of Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado
Thu Nov 19 2009 (Updated 11/27/09)Gay Puerto Rican Teen Murdered, Suspect to Use “Homosexual Panic” Defense
On Sunday November 22nd, a vigil in honor of Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado will be held at the intersection of MacArthur Blvd., Lakeshore, and Grand Ave. in Oakland. Mercado, a very well known person in the gay community, was found dead on November 14th, in Cayey, Puerto Rico. Mercado was partially burned, decapitated, and dismembered. The police investigator handling the case said in a public televised statement that "people who lead this type of lifestyle need to be aware that this will happen."
On November 16th, a suspect was arrested who confessed to the killing, saying that he murdered Marcedo who he thought to be a woman, after discovering that he was a man. According to the Puerto Rico police, the suspect will likely use a “homosexual panic” defense, arguing for a plea of temporary insanity.
Pedro Julio Serrano, from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and a founder of Puerto Rico Para Todas said in a statement: “This is a terrible, terrible crime. While we are pleased that law enforcement has acted promptly in making an arrest, it is vital that the hate crimes angle be investigated. This horrendous killing of a young gay man shows no compassion or respect for the dignity of a human life. As someone who grew up in Puerto Rico and has been very active in its lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, this is a heart-wrenching moment. Our hearts and sympathies go out to all of Jorge Steven López’s loved ones at this difficult time. Justice must prevail.”
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Rally and Protest at Driscoll's Berry Store and Distribution Center Saturday Sep 24th 10:25 PM
Familias Unidas por la Justicia Announce Next Steps after Historic Win Thursday Sep 22nd 8:26 PM
Thousand of Activists Call for Protection of Silky Sharks at U.N. Wildlife Conference Wednesday Sep 21st 11:17 AM
We Clarify and Reiterate the Driscoll’s Boycott is in Full Force Tuesday Sep 20th 12:30 PM
Aclaramos de Manera Reiterada Que el Boicot a Driscoll’s Sigue Con Más Fuerza Tuesday Sep 20th 12:22 PM
Honduras - 2016 U.S. Presidential Elections May Pivot On Substance Monday Sep 19th 2:30 PM
36th anniversary CISPES/FMLN: Party for Migrant Justice Friday Sep 16th 7:13 PM
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz & Dina Gilio Whitaker speak about American Indians. Wednesday Sep 14th 2:29 PM
FWP Applauds Resolution to Four-Year Labor Dispute Between Farmworkers and Supplier to Driscoll's Berries Wednesday Sep 14th 2:26 PM
Lawsuit Launched to Protect West Coast Whales From Dying in Nets Monday Sep 12th 10:36 AM
New Report Links Zika Virus to Steep Increase in Birth Defects in Brazil Friday Sep 9th 8:36 AM
WA Farmworkers to Vote on Union / Mexico Farmworkers Continue Driscoll's Boycott Thursday Sep 8th 5:55 PM
Driscoll's Boycott Continues 9-4-2016 Monday Sep 5th 11:05 AM
US and Puerto Rico Faith Groups Send Congress Recommendations on Island's Crisis Friday Sep 2nd 1:26 PM
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