Gay rapper Kevin Fret was shot dead
Thursday as he rode a motorbike in Puerto Rico.
According to Noticentro.tv, the
24-year-old Fret was shot eight times, including in the head, as he
rode through the Santurce neighborhood of San Juan around 5:20 in the
Fret was known as the first openly gay
artist in the Latin trap subgenre, which originated in Puerto Rico.
In a Facebook post, Puerto Rico Trans
Youth Coalition said that Fret's murder “could be described as a
“With his colorful and empowered
show, Fret disobeyed many of the expectations of hegemonic
masculinity that dominate the trap genre," the group wrote.
"Kevin broke many barriers and
served as a necessary representation, denouncing without filter the
homophobia of colleagues in artistic scenes notorious for their
machismo and misogyny."
Noticentro.tv reported that a war
between drug gangs has resulted in an increase in violent crime.
Eduardo Rodriguez, Fret's manager, said
in a statement: "Kevin was an artistic soul, a big-hearted
dreamer. His passion was music, and still had a lot to do. This
violence must stop. There are no words that describe the feeling we
have and the pain that causes us to know that a person with so many
dreams has to go. We must all unite in these difficult times, and ask
for much peace for our beloved Puerto Rico."