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Slain Puerto Rican Teen Mourned

More than 400 New Yorkers turned out at the Christopher Street piers on Sunday evening, November 22, to mourn Jorge Steven López Mercado, 19, who was beheaded and dismembered in Cidra, Puerto Rico, on November 13, allegedly for being gay. Juan Martínez Matos, 26, has been charged with first-degree murder, and many of the speakers called for prosecuting the case as a hate crime, though there was some dissent about that in the crowd. Comment

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