GLSEN is saddened and deeply troubled by 19-year-old Jorge Steven López Mercado's murder in Puerto Rico last week and the alleged homophobia and transphobia involved in the police investigation.
As if the heinous and brutal murder was not shocking enough, the lead police investigator allegedly suggested that what Jorge Steven López Mercado got was deserved.
“Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Jorge Steven López Mercado,” GLSEN Executive Director Eliza Byard said. “It is crucial that the murderers be brought to justice. Those of us who work on schools issues must also redouble our efforts to ensure that we raise and educate young people to bring about a world in which such a crime would be unthinkable, where LGBT people live with equal dignity, no longer threatened by such deadly savagery.”
Attention all New York City-area residents: A candle vigil will be held Sunday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. at the Christopher Street Piers (tentatively) and everyone is urged to bring candles for themselves and others. For further information, please visit http://mercado-vigil.tumblr.com/