'If they suffer because of society, they suffer even more when the family condemns them'

Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado, the openly gay teen who was murdered and dismembered two weeks ago in Puerto Rico, was laid to rest Monday. Above is footage from Lopez’s funeral. In case you can’t bear to watch, here’s what Lopez’s mother says, according to the subtitles:

“I said to him, ‘Steven, tell me the truth, trust in me. What’s going on?’ And he lowered his head and started to cry and told me, ‘Mommy, I am gay.’ And I said to him ‘Aw, son, if I loved you, now I will love you even more. … I will love you more.’

“I said to him, ‘What gives me fear is what’s waiting in the streets, the rejection, the stares.’ But he said, ‘Mommy, now YOU know, and that is enough.’ And he was happy for that reason. It took a weight off his shoulders. … And I urge everyone, particularly parents, that if they suffer because of society, they suffer even more when the family condemns them. Steven was happy, I know, he loved me and I loved him. I, who am dumb. But I also gave him advice, because I told him, ‘Steven, there is a lot, a lot of perversion here and there,’ but I loved him. I loved him.”

Michael Lavers, national news editor for Edge Publications, has a post about the funeral on his Boy in Bushwick blog. Lavers says about 1,000 people attended the event in Toa Alta.

El Nuevo Dia further reported López’s aunt and his ex-boyfriend, Luis Rivera, opened the urn that contained the murdered teen’s ashes and placed a necklace and a white rose inside it at the end of the funeral Mass. The newspaper further reported López’s parents hugged their son’s friends and cried.

“We definitely hope people and society wake up and demand justice,” López’s friend José Alicea told el Nuevo Dia (as translated from Spanish into English.)

López’s friends carried balloons and white roses as they walked to the cemetery. Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face” played during the procession.

Lavers follows up today with a post saying that Puerto Rican authorities, after meeting with the ACLU, have agreed to investigate the case as a hate crime.electro-buy.ruкопирайтинг текста вакансии

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A message from the mother of Jorge Steven "Steven Miller" Lopez Mercado

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Candlelight vigil Sunday

Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado, left, and Jason Mattison Jr.
Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado, left, and Jason Mattison Jr.

Local activists are organizing a candlelight vigil to begin at 6:15 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, at the intersection of Cedar Springs Road and Throckmorton Street. The vigil is being held in memory of Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado, a gay teen murdered last week in Puerto Rico, and Jason Mattison Jr., a gay teen murdered last week in Baltimore. The Dallas Chapter of the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network is participating.

Everyone is asked to bring a candle and gather to not only honor the murdered children, but to speak out against the violence that claimed their lives.

Bob McCranie, one of the organizers, expressed outrage that the murders have not gained more national media attention.

“This should at least be in the top five news stories, and none of the mainstream media are paying any attention,” McCranie said of Mercado’s murder, before learning of Mattison’s death. “A teenager has been burnt and butchered in the streets, and all we can talk about is how many lies are in Sarah Palin’s book, and why Obama bowed to the Japanese prime minister. It is outrageous and unacceptable.”сайткопирайтинг цена

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Police arrest suspect in murder, dismemberment of gay Puerto Rican teen

Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado (Primera Hora)
Jorge Steven Lopez (Image: Primera Hora)

Puerto Rican police have arrested a suspect in the murder of a gay teenager whose body was found decapitated and partially burned Friday in the southern town of Cayey, The Associated Press reports today.

Authorities are looking into whether Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado, 19, was targeted because he was gay, and the case has sent shockwaves across Puerto Rico’s LGBT community.

The newspaper Primera Hora is reporting that the suspect was identified after extensive interviews with Mercado’s friends in the town of Caguas, where Mercado was living. The suspect, a 28-year-old whose identity hasn’t been released, reportedly offered Mercado money for sex.

The Puerto Rico Police Department has removed Investigator Angel Rodriguez from the case after Rodriguez made comments suggesting that Lopez was to blame for his own death, according to Edge.

“When these type of people get into this and go out into the streets like this, they know this can happen to them,” Rodriguez reportedly said in a statement to local media outlets.

Puerto Rico Para Tod@s, the LGBT advocacy group, is calling for Rodriguez to be disciplined for the comment. The group is also calling on police to investigate the case as an anti-gay hate crime. Although Puerto Rico added sexual orientation to its hate crimes statute in 2002, Para Tod@s says the statute hasn’t been used to prosecute anti-gay violence. The FBI has announced it will take jurisdiction over the case if it’s determined that Lopez was killed because he was gay.

Lopez’s body was found after his friends reported that he failed to meet them as planned at a popular gay club in the Santurce neighborhood of San Juan. Authorities haven’t identified the suspect because he hasn’t been formally charged.

LGBT groups plan several vigils as well as a protest outside the U.S. territory’s Capitol.siteпродвижение сайта по поисковикам

—  John Wright