George Steven Lopez Mercado was a gay teen in Puerto Rico who was found on the side of a road partially burned, decapitated, and dismembered. The response of the police was reportedly horror . . . at his lifestyle.
According to reports, the police investigator assigned to the case, Angel Rodriguez Colon, said that “people who lead this type of lifestyle need to be aware that this will happen.”
The 19-year-old was found a few miles away from his town of Caguas.
Obviously, this detective must be removed from the case but it reveals a deeper seated problem in such cases. I have worked in Puerto Rico and was told by a gay Puerto Rican of the fear that he has from both police and vigilantes. This case would appear to reaffirm his concerns.
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