Report of arrest in brutal Puerto Rico hate crime

Take action here to send an email to Attorney General Holder asking him to make sure the FBI investigates this possible hate crime. We need to keep up the pressure. 1,000 emails have already been sent since last night, so thank you. And remember, regardless of whether they have a suspect, the local law enforcement made it clear that the victim deserved what he got. That is not a good sign for a possible hate crime investigation.

UPDATE: I just received a statement from a spokesman for NGLTF, who is on the way to Puerto Rico:

“Even when everyone is innocent until proven guilty, it is hopeful that they have arrested a suspect. We’re grateful for the Police work that has acted promptly and we trust that the investigation digs into the hate crime angle and if it is proven that it was indeed bias-related, that the criminal is processed to the full extent of the law.”

“We urge the media and the authorities not to judge the victim, but the criminal who committed this horrendous crime. Even if there are particular circumstances in which this crime was committed, we have to keep the attention where it deserves to be: a young gay man was brutally murdered by someone who did not have any compassion or respect for the dignity of a human life.”

Louise at Pam’s House Blend has the report of an arrest in the brutal murder of Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado. She got the tip from Back2Stonewall. The Spanish language report is here.


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