Victim Jorge Abel Espinoza Ocampo ran an LGBTI venue in Puebla, Mexico | Photo: Facebook
The 55-year-old owner of a popular gay bar in Puebla, Mexico, has been found dead in his apartment on 22 July.
Jorge Abel Espinoza Ocampo ran an LGBTI venue, Franco’s, located in an area known as Barrio de lo Sapos.
His body was found in his bedroom on Monday. He had been gagged, with hands and feet tied with tape.
Moreover, police confirmed some valuables were stolen from Ocampo’s apartment.
The victim was well-known in Puebla, Mexico
Ocampo was well-known and loved in the local LGBTI community of Puebla, in southern Mexico.
Activists are pressuring police officers to consider the case as a hate crime.
Estoy conmocionado por la terrible noticia del condenable y brutal asesinato del empresario gay Jorge Abel Espinoza…
Posted by Onán Vásquez Chávez on Tuesday, July 23, 2019
‘I join the demand for justice and for the Prosecutor’s Office to consider it as a homophobic crime. Let this crime not go unpunished so he can rest in peace. My deepest condolences to his family and friends,’ activist Onán Vásquez Chávez wrote in a Facebook post.
Police haven’t confirmed the cause of death yet, but it seems likely the victim was beaten to death.
The victim’s friends confirmed that they had last seen him on 20 July. On that day, Ocampo celebrated the 25th anniversary of his club.
Family and friends also celebrated a mass in his honor on 23 July.
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