Hundreds attend NYC vigil for slain gay teens Mercado & Mattison
Hundreds attended a NYC vigil yesterday for slain gay teens Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado and Jason Mattison, Jr.
According to Boy in Bushwick, New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, City Council-member Melissa Mark-Viverito, City Council-member-elect Danny Dromm, Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation president Jarrett T. Barrios and fashion designer Malan Breton were among the hundreds who attended a vigil on the Christopher Street Pier - Hudson River Park yesterday in honor of Jorge Steven Lopez-Mercado and Jason Mattison, Jr.
Nineteen year old Mercado's body was found decapitated, dismembered and charred last week in Caguas, Puerto Rico. Juan Martinez Matos has confessed to the murder and appears to be planning a "homophobic panic defense".
Fifteen year-old Mattison's body was found stuffed in a closet at Mattison's aunt's house earlier this month, in Baltimore. Mattison had been raped, gagged and repeatedly stabbed by convicted ex-felon and 'family friend' Dante Parrish who has been charged with first-degree murder.
GLBT Activisits are seeking news of justice in Mercado's murder. They have written directly to Luis Fraticelli (FBI/San Juan, Puerto Rico) Rosa Emilia Rodriguez-Velez (United States Attorney), and the Policia de Puerto Rico requesting that federal hate crimes provisions to the murder of Lopez-Mercado be applied.
The families of both victims continue to grieve. Miriam Mercado, the mother of Lopez- Mercado, shares her grief as told in this NowPublic piece Murdered gay teen's Mom speaks of beloved son, while the family of Mattison have questions about his death in this Baltimore Sun article.
Mattison was laid to rest in Baltimore earlier this month. Mercado will be laid to rest today.
Related stories at NowPublic Sexuality Special News Coverage.