Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado, a gay teenager from Puerto Rico, was murdered last week in a vicious hate crime. Prosecutors are weighing whether to recommend that Martinez Matos, who was arrested shortly after the murder, be charged under federal hate crimes law.
The U.S. gay community is asking authorities to investigate whether the slaying was a hate crime, said Pedro Julio Serrano of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. "The brutality of the slaying and the fact that he was openly gay leads us to believe it was very possibly a hate crime," Serrano said Tuesday.
Steven's mother, Miriam Mercado, recently spoke out in regards to her son's death and the outpouring of support she has received. You can watch it here: