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Title Hundreds of Chicagoans March to Mourn Slain Gay Puerto Rican Teenager
Description Jorge Steven Lόpez-Mercado, an openly gay teenager in in Caguas, Puerto Rico, was slain in November 2009. Lόpez-Mercado was <a href="">decapitated, dismembered and partially burned</a>, and his assailant claimed to be motivated by "<a href="">gay panic</a>". Many are drawing comparisons to the 1998 slaying of University of Wyoming student <a href="">Matthew Shepard</a>. <br />
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Activists in a number of American cities held public gatherings to mourn the death of Lόpez-Mercado and to protest against the continuing climate of homophobia which spawns hate crimes. In Chicago, the <a href="">Gay Liberation Network</a>, along with representatives from <a href=";t=directory&amp;ch=web&amp;pub=groups&amp;sec=dir&amp;slk=12">Orgullo en Accion</a> and <a href="">Boricua Pride/ALMA</a> held a march in Chicago's Humboldt Park neighborhood. <br />
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<b>Chicago Indymedia coverage</b>: <a href="">Photos &#8212; Hundreds gather to mourn slain trans youth activist</a> | <a href="">Learning from the lynching of Jorge Steven Lόpez-Mercado</a> | <a href="">March/Vigil for Burned and Decapitated Gay Puerto Rican Teen</a>
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