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Mother Mourns Gay Puerto Rican Son

Mother Mourns Gay Puerto Rican Son

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The funeral of Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado was held on Monday.

Footage from the funeral of Jorge Steven Lopez 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.

Steven's body was found decapitated and partially burned alongside a road in central Puerto Rico on November 13. A suspect, Juan Martinez Matos, was apprehended and charged with first-degree murder, but it remains unclear whether the murder will be prosecuted as a hate crime.

Michael Lavers at Edge reports more on the funeral.

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