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Federal hate crime charges possible in gay Puerto Rican teenager’s murder

By Michael K. Lavers | Dec 15
A federal prosecutor in Puerto Rico told reporters earlier today her office could file hate crimes charges against the man who reportedly confessed to Jorge Steven López Mercado’s brutal murder last month near Cayey.

Suspect in gay Puerto Rican teenager’s murder ordered to undergo psychological evaluation

By Michael K. Lavers | Dec 9
A Puerto Rican judge has ordered Juan A. Martínez Matos to undergo a psychological evaluation to see if he is fit to stand trial for Jorge Steven López Mercado’s gruesome murder last month near Cayey.

Puerto Rican authorities agree to investigate gay teenager’s murder as hate crime

By Michael K. Lavers | Nov 25
Puerto Rican authorities have agreed to investigate Jorge Steven López Mercado’s murder as a hate crime after they met with local representatives of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Jorge Steven López Mercado laid to rest

By Michael K. Lavers | Nov 24
An estimated thousand people attended Jorge Steven López Mercado’s funeral yesterday in Toa Alta, Puerto Rico.

Thousands pay tribute to slain gay teens

By Michael K. Lavers | Nov 23
Thousands of people in 20 cities around the country memorialized slain gay teenagers Jorge Steven López Mercado and Jason Mattison, Jr., at vigils and other events held over the weekend.

Suspect in Puerto Rico gay teenager’s murder held on $4 million bail

By Michael K. Lavers | Nov 19
Prosecutors charged Juan Martínez Matos with first-degree murder and a variety of weapons offenses in connection with Jorge Steven López’s brutal death near Caguas late last week.

Activists, politicians, urge Puerto Rican authorities to prosecute López murder as hate crime

By Michael K. Lavers | Nov 18
New York Congressman José Serrano has joined a growing list of activists and other officials who continue to urge authorities to prosecute Jorge Steven López’s alleged killer under the newly passed federal hate crime law.

Puerto Rican authorities arrest suspect in connection with gay man’s gruesome murder

By Michael K. Lavers | Nov 17
Puerto Rican authorities arrested a 28-year-old man earlier this morning in connection with Jorge Steven López’s gruesome murder near Cayey late last week.

Gay man’s gruesome murder sends shockwaves across Puerto Rico

By Michael K. Lavers | Nov 16
An unknown assailant or assailants decapitated, dismembered and partially burned Jorge Steven López’s body in a wooded area near Cayey in what local police and activists have concluded is a possible anti-gay hate crime.

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