top
From the Open-Publishing Calendar
From the Open-Publishing Newswire
Indybay Feature
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.”

Read More | Gay Puerto Rican Teen Decapitated, Dismembered, and Burned
04/30/17 West Bank Rises Up in Protest in Solidarity with 1500 Hunger Strikers in Israeli Prisons Police State and Prisons | International | Palestine04/26/17 International Workers' Day Marches and Strikes in Northern California Front Page | Labor & Workers | Central Valley | San Francisco | South Bay | East Bay | California | Immigrant Rights | Santa Cruz Indymedia04/26/17 9th Annual Anarchist Bookfair in Humboldt County Says Don't Mourn, Organize! Front Page | Global Justice and Anti-Capitalism | Indymedia | North Coast04/24/17 Free Speech Radio News Going Silent After 17 Years of Movement Reporting Front Page | Labor & Workers | Indymedia | U.S. | International | Santa Cruz Indymedia04/23/17 How Berkeley Cops Helped Alt-Right Trolls with No Permit Stage Their Rally Front Page | Police State and Prisons | Racial Justice | Global Justice and Anti-Capitalism | East Bay | California | U.S.04/22/17 Demanding Justice for the Police Murder of Diallo Neal Front Page | Police State and Prisons | Racial Justice | East Bay | California04/22/17 The Future of Our Nation's Wild Horses is Uncertain Front Page | Environment & Forest Defense | U.S. | Animal Liberation04/20/17 Campaign Against Those Without Homes in Santa Cruz Grows More Repressive, Even in the Rain Front Page | Police State and Prisons | Health, Housing, and Public Services | Government & Elections | Santa Cruz Indymedia04/19/17 California Senate Committee Votes to Eliminate State's Money Bail System Front Page | Police State and Prisons | Racial Justice | California | Government & Elections04/19/17 New California State Legislation Honors The Dignity Of Transgender Prisoners Front Page | Police State and Prisons | Racial Justice | LGBTI / Queer | Indymedia | California04/18/17 Tens of Thousands in Over 150 US Cities Demonstrate Against Trump on Tax Day Front Page | Central Valley | San Francisco | East Bay | Peninsula | North Bay / Marin | North Coast | Government & Elections | Santa Cruz Indymedia
Related Categories: Americas | East Bay | LGBTI / Queer | Front Page
Welcome Oscar Lopez Rivera to the Bay Area Bay Area Cte. to Welcome Oscar Lopez Rivera Saturday Apr 29th 2:07 PM
CIMCC Food Sovereignty Series: Decolonize Your Diet California Indian Museum and Cultural Center Thursday Apr 27th 2:12 PM
13 Colors of the Honduran Resistance diana bohn Wednesday Apr 26th 4:55 PM
Borders in Central America - The Impact of US Policy Karl Kramer Tuesday Apr 18th 10:38 AM
An Evening for the El Triunfo Biosphere Reserve in Chiapas, Mexico Jeepney Projects Worldwide (1 comment) Monday Apr 17th 11:19 PM
Borders in Central America: The Impact of US policy Karl Kramer (1 comment) Sunday Apr 16th 9:30 PM
CISPES Meeting Allan Fisher (1 comment) Thursday Apr 6th 4:24 PM
More News...