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Jorge Steven López Mercado, teen slain in Puerto Rico, laid to rest

Tuesday, November 24, 2009
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Lopez MercadoFootage from the funeral of Jorge Steven López Mercado in Toa Alta, Puerto Rico, on Monday shows his grief-stricken mother remembering the moment she accepted her son as gay.

According to a translation provided by the blogger Blabbeando, Myriam Mercado recalls the moment an emotionally upset Steven told her he was gay.

“Aw, son … if I loved you, now I will love you more,” she said.

Mercado’s body was found decapitated, dismembered and partially burned in a wooded area near Cayey on Friday, Nov. 13.

Juan A. Martinez Matos was arrested a few days later, and will be charged with first-degree murder and four other counts, according to the prosecutor.

Michael Lavers at Edge reports more on the funeral.

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