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New York City Council honors murdered gay Puerto Rican teenager’s family

By Michael K. Lavers | Jun 15
The New York City Council honored Jorge Steven López Mercado’s family at its annual Pride event at City Hall on Tuesday, June 15.

Another transgender woman murdered in Puerto Rico

By Michael K. Lavers | May 25
Angie González Oquendo, 38, was found strangled to death in her Caguas home on Monday, May 24. Her death comes roughly five weeks after police found Ashley Santiago stabbed to death in her Corozal house.

Suspect in gay Puerto Rican teenager’s murder pleads guilty

By Michael K. Lavers | May 12
A judge sentenced Juan José Martínez Matos to 99 years in prison after he confessed he stabbed Jorge Steven López Mercado to death before decapitating, dismembering and partially burning his body and dumping it along a remote roadside on Nov. 13, 2009.

Transgender woman stabbed to death in Puerto Rico home

By Michael K. Lavers | Apr 20
Authorities discovered Ashley Santiago’s naked body in the kitchen of her home in Corozal after her mother said she had not spoken with her daughter since Sunday, April 18; investigators said the popular hair stylist was stabbed 14 times.

Has anything changed in Puerto Rico since Jorge Steven López Mercado’s murder?

By Michael K. Lavers | Apr 16
As Puerto Rican prosecutors prepare to try the man they contend brutally murdered Jorge Steven López Mercado and decapitated, dismembered and partially burned his body, activists continue to ponder the question: has the outrage over the gay teenager’s death generated any tangible changes on the island?

Judge postpones trial for gay Puerto Rican teenager’s alleged killer

By Michael K. Lavers | Mar 8
The trial of the man who prosecutors contend brutally murdered Jorge Steven López Mercado last November had been scheduled to begin in Caguas on March 30, but a judge has postponed it until April 14.

Judge sets trial date for gay Puerto Rican teenager’s alleged killer

By Michael K. Lavers | Feb 22
A Puerto Rican judge announced earlier today he has found enough probable cause to prosecute the man who allegedly murdered Jorge Steven López Mercado on Nov. 12, 2009. Juan José Martínez Matos’ trial is scheduled to begin in Caguas on March 30.

Preliminary hearing for gay Puerto Rican teenager’s alleged killer continues

By Michael K. Lavers | Feb 6
Details of Jorge Steven López Mercado’s alleged cocaine use and prostitution have emerged during the preliminary hearing of the man who allegedly decapitated and dismembered him last November.

NYC and Chicago lawmakers, activists meet with murdered gay Puerto Rican teenager’s family

By Michael K. Lavers | Jan 21
New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Illinois state Sen. Iris Martínez, who chairs the Democratic National Committee’s Hispanic Caucus, were among a delegation of lawmakers and activists from the five boroughs and Chicago who traveled to Puerto Rico earlier this week to meet with Jorge Steven López Mercado’s family. The group also met with Puerto Rican lawmakers, activists and religious leaders in San Juan.

Suspect in gay Puerto Rican teenager’s murder found competent to stand trial

By Michael K. Lavers | Jan 13
A territorial psychologist has found Juan José Martínez Matos competent to stand trial for the brutal murder of Jorge Steven López Mercado.

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