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Watch: Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado Laid to Rest


Footage from the funeral of gay 19-year-old Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado whose  decapitated, dismembered, and partially charred body was found by the side of a road in Puerto Rico two weeks ago. The police investigator suggested that he deserved what he got because of the "type of lifestyle" he was leading.

Certainly, a family who accepts us for who we are is something to be very thankful for. Unfortunately, Jorge wasn't given the chance to be able to enjoy that. Devastating.


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  1. Heartbreaking. I hope there is real justice for Jorge.

    Posted by: Joel | Nov 25, 2009 12:39:42 PM

  2. This is a very sad story. Though I'm wondering if you aren't slightly misinterpreting what the police investigator said. I don't think he said he deserved it, I thought he said that people who live that lifestyle have to expect these things to happen. That isn't quite the same as saying he deserved it. Maybe I'm wrong - just going on recollection from reading this story last week. I mean obviously even my interpretation is upsetting, but I don't think it is quite as horrid as saying he deserved it.

    Posted by: Caleb | Nov 25, 2009 6:18:26 PM

  3. Maybe. But you're comparing two different shades of absolutely inappropriate. Both are egregiously inappropriate of a public official.

    Posted by: Scott Anthony | Nov 26, 2009 2:26:33 AM

  4. I thank you, Andy! Your coverage of this is spectacular! I only wish it didn't hurt so much to read it.

    Posted by: Eric | Nov 28, 2009 12:24:00 AM

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