This letter just came in about a murder that’s only getting local attention in Puerto Rico, but which desperately needs to be heard about worldwide:
“Dear Michael Musto,
“I am writing to you about a tragic murder that has happened here in Puerto Rico. On November 14, the body of a gay 19-year-old was found a few miles away from the town in which he was residing in called Caguas.
“He was a very well known person in the gay community of Puerto Rico, and very loved. He was found on the site of an isolated road in the city of Cayey, partially burned, decapitated, and dismembered, both arms, both legs, and the torso.
“This has caused a huge reaction from the gay community here, but it’s a difficult situation. Never in the history of Puerto Rico has a murder been classified as a hate crime. Even though we have to follow federal mandates and laws, many of the laws in which are passed in the USA such as Obama‘s new bill, do not always directly get practiced in Puerto Rico.
“The police agent that is handling this case said on a public televised statement that ‘people who lead this type of lifestyle need to be aware that this will happen.’ As If the boy murdered (Jorge Steven Lopez) was asking to get killed.
“We have a gay rights activist in Puerto Rico, Pedro Julio Serrano, who does his best, but the international attention is needed for this local government to wake up and give us the needed rights and proper justice to such hateful crimes.”
You hear that, Puerto Rico? Wake up! Ahora!
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on November 16, 2009