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Puerto Rican Teen's Killer Says Murder was 'Gay Panic', Self Defense

More insight into the murder of gay 19-year-old Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado, whose killer was arrested yesterday.

Matos Christopher Pagan, whose original iReport was the first I learned of the crime, has been following it. It appears that the killer, 26-year-old Juan Antonio Martínez Matos, originally believed his victim was a female prostitute.

Writes Pagan:

"He said that he did not know that it was really a man and they went to his apartment in Cidra, where Steven allegedly told him to have anal sex with him, which provoked anger in him and caused him to murder him. He also said that Steven tried to stab him, and that he armed himself with a kitchen knife and under a fit of rage he injured him, dismembered him, decapitated him and then later took his remains to Guavate where he was left. Other allegations of the killer is that in 2003 he was arrested for domestic abuse and that in his youth he was molested and that is why he hates homosexuals. The authorities said that this case has been advanced and successful due to the cooperation of the local GLBT community. The agent Angel Rodriguez said that he is being interrogated and will be charged with first degree murder. He also indicated that he will submit another request to the federal judge to have this treated as a hate crime. At the suspect's home the police found 2 knives to commit the murder, and that they were then thrown in a septic tank."

Video of the suspect in custody, AFTER THE JUMP...

There will be a vigil held in New York City in downtown Manhattan - location TBA on Sunday at 8 pm. Here's a page of information on it, and here's a Facebook page.

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  1. I think we're pretty damn far off topic here. This isn't about eyebrows, or latin culture being distinctly different from some other. (Both this and that are pedominantly Judeo-Christian after all). A kid lost his life in a brutal way and the defense of this panic? I don't know about the lot of you but I'm really tired of seeing homophobia like this justified in the legal system. Until women get to take crowbars to the heads of those giving them unwanted sexual advances, I think its quite the bizarre disconnect. Another way the heterosexist status quo dictates the terms and we get dealt the damage. You don't dismember and behead someone because they hit on you, and we shouldn't accept living in a culture that gives people a pass for committing murder based on this premise.

    Posted by: g_whiz | Nov 19, 2009 7:50:00 AM

  2. Overkill, as this seems to be a case of is a strong indication of drug/mental problems.

    Posted by: richard s | Nov 19, 2009 3:21:43 PM

  3. you know, maybe this guy did get molested and had some deep-seeded issues with gay dudes... but since he obviously can't conduct himself in society without killing people and frigging dismembering their corpse. That second part is all the more disturbing and I think kills any chance of this being seen as a crime of passion.

    I'm so glad that the hate crimes bill kicks this out of the local jurisdiction. Although I don't agree with the death penalty, I don't think this guy should be out in general society. Sorry boutya.

    Posted by: Matt | Nov 19, 2009 3:24:56 PM

  4. Whether Jorge was working as a sex worker, or whether he was trans-identified or just a femme boy who loved drag, he was a beautiful soul who fell victim to a man who clearly had a hate for gays, trans folks and sex workers. And probably for women as well. We should recognize our common bonds as queer people, and join together to denounce hate crimes such as this.

    Also, just FYI, there will be memorial vigil for Jorge in San Francisco at Castro & Market Streets, this Sunday (Nov.22, 7pm). Please bring candles to honor the life of a brother taken too soon.

    May this beautiful boy rest in peace.

    Posted by: bradley hart | Nov 19, 2009 5:08:37 PM

  5. "Overkill, as this seems to be a case of is a strong indication of drug/mental problems."

    Not really. Unless you think all violent hate crimes are perpetrated by the mentally unstable. Nah. Instead, the violence is an indication of hatred of homosexuals and those who don't correspond to the gender meme.

    Posted by: TANK | Nov 19, 2009 5:19:10 PM

  6. " his youth he was molested and that is why he hates homosexuals."

    That's a funny reason to hate homosexuals, because statistically most pedophiles/molesters are heterosexual males.

    Posted by: Alex | Nov 20, 2009 11:04:41 AM

  7. Murder is wrong unless it's proven as self defense.I would say this that many in the Queer community don't respect that some men are truly straight.It's a challenge for many gay men,and Trans to get with a straight guy and some will lie about it.I think that's wrong when Trans men lied to straight men about being a woman.I don't agreed with senseless murder but these Transvestites are also wrong for lying to these men.
    What's the point of Gay men and Transvestites going after straight men?
    Guess what any man that would sleep with anything that has a cock is not really straight.

    Posted by: Muderiswrong | Nov 22, 2009 3:55:15 AM

  8. I love the fact that this guy is wearing a rosary as a fashion statement (or is it because he lives out the Christian ideals and obeys the commandment "Thou shall not kill"??)

    Posted by: anthony | Nov 23, 2009 10:18:28 PM

  9. Stupid fag got what he deserved lmao!!

    Posted by: Hetero | Oct 6, 2010 3:00:01 PM

  10. I believe that he knew he was a man, had sex with him and then killed him...sometimes these type of men don't want to accept the fact that they are gay and, therefore, hate gay men...they have sex with men and kill them to destroy the evidence of ever having engaged in gay sexual activities...its almost like they take the rage out on the victim when its themselves that they hate for being gay...its happened before...Anyway it doesnt really matter why he did it...I hope he rots in there...RIP Jorge

    Posted by: SelenaV78 | Oct 26, 2010 8:08:10 PM

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