Murder of a young gay man in P.R. is reverberating in Chicago. We report from our West Side bureau.

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Killing in Puerto Rico Hits Chicagoans Hard - Produced by Chip Mitchell on Saturday, November 21, 2009

The body of Jorge Steven López Mercado, 19, turned up decapitated and burned November 13 along a road in central Puerto Rico. Authorities are holding a suspect and prosecuting the case as a murder but, so far, not a hate crime.

That’s angering organizers of protests this weekend in more than a half-dozen U.S. cities. Ruben Feliciano is helping organize a vigil in Chicago, which has one of the country’s largest Puerto Rican communities.

FELICIANO: This is a civil-rights issue.

Feliciano says he’s also trying to counter a myth:

FELICIANO: That Latinos are more homophobic than others. We have come a long way. There’s all these grassroots movements taking place here in Humboldt Park, spaces for young LGBTQ community.

Those spaces include an AIDS outreach organization, a planned youth homeless shelter, and a new activist group called Boricua Pride.

The vigil to remember López Mercado begins Sunday at 4 p.m. at Division and California.

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#1 Nov 21, 2009
Here is the link for the USA memorial services

http://mercado-vigil.tumblr.com/

Never let it be said again that Puerto Rico's stateside LGBT brothers & sisters do not care what happens in Puerto Rico.

The above link also gives access to updates about this case.
TJM

Mattawan, MI

#2 Nov 21, 2009
I must say, the homosexuals in Puerto Rico are one of the nicest people of the island. Intelligent, POLITE!, and courteous, which is a rarity in Puerto Rico.
NOT REALLY

Bear, DE

#3 Nov 21, 2009
TJM wrote:
I must say, the homosexuals in Puerto Rico are one of the nicest people of the island. Intelligent, POLITE!, and courteous, which is a rarity in Puerto Rico.
There is a poster named "Really" on the "Latinos Angry at Sotomayor Critics" thread that you could win over to your side. I think he would like to meet you.
Jorge

San Juan, Puerto Rico

#4 Nov 21, 2009
We have yet to hear a word from one of our politicians, including those closeted gays (within both parties).

On the other hand, the island's GLBTQ organizations, in denouncing this kid's death, were able to silence the homohaters among those same politicians.

Jorge
TJM

Mattawan, MI

#5 Nov 22, 2009
NOT REALLY wrote:
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There is a poster named "Really" on the "Latinos Angry at Sotomayor Critics" thread that you could win over to your side. I think he would like to meet you.
nah,,have your wife meet him
Dave Lopez

Dania, FL

#6 Nov 22, 2009
TJM wrote:
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nah,,have your wife meet him
You and I know you are not no friend of Puerto Rico much less of Puerto Ricans and your prejudiced biased book will prove me right...
Dave Lopez

Dania, FL

#7 Nov 22, 2009
TJM wrote:
I must say, the homosexuals in Puerto Rico are one of the nicest people of the island. Intelligent, POLITE!, and courteous, which is a rarity in Puerto Rico.
When you have comed to the island with an arrogant self rightoeus attitude it is then why you were mistreated while there, and you deserved it...
TJM

Mattawan, MI

#8 Nov 22, 2009
Dave Lopez wrote:
<quoted text>You and I know you are not no friend of Puerto Rico much less of Puerto Ricans and your prejudiced biased book will prove me right...
you are free to think what you want
TJM

Mattawan, MI

#9 Nov 22, 2009
Dave Lopez wrote:
<quoted text>When you have comed to the island with an arrogant self rightoeus attitude it is then why you were mistreated while there, and you deserved it...
I didnt come to the island with an attitude, is just that over time, the island changed. But Dave, you wouldnt know this because you were living in the USA all along, and not in Puerto Rico
NOT REALLY

Bear, DE

#10 Nov 22, 2009
TJM wrote:
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nah,,have your wife meet him
He's going out with your Dominican ex-girlfriend adn he loves your "book". Now he hates PR's.
Jorge

San Juan, Puerto Rico

#11 Nov 22, 2009
TJM wrote:
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I didnt come to the island with an attitude, is just that over time, the island changed. But Dave, you wouldnt know this because you were living in the USA all along, and not in Puerto Rico
"over time"??? Can you expand?
TJM

Mattawan, MI

#12 Nov 22, 2009
NOT REALLY wrote:
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He's going out with your Dominican ex-girlfriend adn he loves your "book". Now he hates PR's.
next time try to be original

and my ex gf from DR is dead,,,thanks 'A hole''
NOT REALLY

Bear, DE

#13 Nov 22, 2009
TJM wrote:
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next time try to be original
and my ex gf from DR is dead,,,thanks 'A hole''
Now who's using profanity? It's typical of you, loser. Serves you right for mentioning my wife.
Dave Lopez

Dania, FL

#14 Nov 22, 2009
TJM wrote:
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I didnt come to the island with an attitude, is just that over time, the island changed. But Dave, you wouldnt know this because you were living in the USA all along, and not in Puerto Rico
I travel there 1 to 2 times per year. I have family and real estate property there in Bayamon. I've traveled extensively all over the island and I have met and dealt with some of the nicest people there on planet earth. Yes Puerto Rico has it's high crimes like in all major cities. It's mostly and largeley Puerto Rico gangs that have a drug war amongst its dealers and most of the killings is amongst themselves. We sure as heck do not miss none of those dead drug dealers. But to categorize the whole island of Puerto Rico as full of bad people, you are indeed so FOS and a destructive racist...
Dave Lopez

Dania, FL

#15 Nov 22, 2009
NOT REALLY wrote:
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Now who's using profanity? It's typical of you, loser. Serves you right for mentioning my wife.
I agree.
TJM

Mattawan, MI

#16 Nov 22, 2009
NOT REALLY wrote:
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Now who's using profanity? It's typical of you, loser. Serves you right for mentioning my wife.
bet you sell her as a two dollar ho' too!
TJM

Mattawan, MI

#17 Nov 22, 2009
Dave Lopez wrote:
<quoted text>I travel there 1 to 2 times per year. I have family and real estate property there in Bayamon. I've traveled extensively all over the island and I have met and dealt with some of the nicest people there on planet earth. Yes Puerto Rico has it's high crimes like in all major cities. It's mostly and largeley Puerto Rico gangs that have a drug war amongst its dealers and most of the killings is amongst themselves. We sure as heck do not miss none of those dead drug dealers. But to categorize the whole island of Puerto Rico as full of bad people, you are indeed so FOS and a destructive racist...
just two days a year!?? proves my point Dave!
Dave Lopez

Dania, FL

#18 Nov 22, 2009
TJM wrote:
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just two days a year!?? proves my point Dave!
Look JA, I spend 2 weeks there at a time and I have plenty of friends and family there and I do read the daily Puerto Rico news...My point being, is, you are prejudiced, you are biased and you have a hate filled hidden agenda against Puerto Rico and you and your book will be proven to be a distortion of the real facts and truth if that crap of yours ever gets released....I can tell it will be by the way you have posted here in the last 8 months or so...You are a racist...
Dave Lopez

Dania, FL

#19 Nov 22, 2009
TJM wrote:
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bet you sell her as a two dollar ho' too!
And you are supposed to be a credible book writer while posting trash talk like this?
TJM

Mattawan, MI

#20 Nov 22, 2009
Jorge wrote:
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"over time"??? Can you expand?
Jorge
With due respect, just see over the short time and the long term of PR,,,due your own due diglegence...is time you did

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