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The Death Of Latin Trap Artist Kevin Fret Is Putting A Spotlight On Heightened Violence In Puerto Rico

Latin trap singer Kevin Fret, known for being the genre’s first openly gay artist, was shot and killed on Jan. 10 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The 24-year-old rising star was riding a motorcycle when gunshots to the head and hip sent him to the hospital. He was later pronounced dead, according to local newspaper El Vocero. The tragic news comes as Fret’s death is one of 24 homicides recorded on the island in less than two weeks.

Fret was more than just an artist on the rise but an advocate for many in the LGBTQ+ community.

Fret was notably one of the first Latin trap artists to publicly embrace his homosexuality and incorporate it into his image. His music showcased the vibrant and fierce personality that made fans adore the musician. Few in the genre have used their massive platforms to condemn violence against LGBTQ+ people like Fret did.

“Kevin was an artistic soul, a big-hearted dreamer. His passion was music, and [he] 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,” Eduardo Rodriguez, Fret’s manager said in a public statement. “We must all unite in these difficult times, and ask for much peace for our beloved Puerto Rico.”

Fret was most recognized for his creative makeup skills that shattered barriers in the Latin trap genre.

In a genre where masculinity and misogyny are prevalent, Fret was an anomaly that used his superior makeup skills to shake up the music scene. In music videos like “Diferente” (“Different”) and  “Soy Así” (“I’m Like This”), he showed his flamboyancy and unique personality that’s truly one of a kind.

The attention wasn’t always positive for Fret as he was the subject of a diss track from a fellow trap artist, Anuel AA. In 2018, Anuel released a song that featured homophobic slurs and inflammatory verses about Fret. Anuel has since apologized for the track but it was an example of the homophobia that followed Fret in his career.

Violence has plagued  Puerto Rico in recent months outlining the tragedy of Fret’s death.

With 24 murders so far this year, the island of Puerto Rico has witnessed a noticeable uptick in violence that officials are trying to control. The Puerto Rico Trans Youth Coalition said on Facebook that Fret’s murder “could be described as a hate crime.” Police so far have not ruled out the possibility of a hate crime. Gang activity, along with drug and human trafficking, is being blamed for the high levels of violent crime in Puerto Rico.

Fellow Latin trap stars, Bad Bunny and  Residente, visited the Puerto Rico Governor to discuss the recent violence on the island.

Both artists visited Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló at his residence following the death of Fret. According to Billboard, they discussed recent violence and the education system in Puerto Rico. Before their meeting, the artists went on Instagram Live where they took to the streets to document themselves trying to get themselves inside Rosselló’s office.

Shortly after the meeting, Rosselló tweeted “Crime is everyone’s business. I appreciate @Residente and @sanbenito took time to talk about what we are already doing and expand the initiatives to address security.”

Fans have taken to social media to pay their respects and remember the fallen star.

Fans who hadn’t even heard of Fret paid their condolences online and highlighted what he meant not only to the Latin trap scene but to LGBTQ+ representation. People on Twitter wrote about what his music meant to them and the impact he had on their lives. Fret will be remembered for many reasons most notably his sheer presence and recognizable look. His contributions to pushing towards a more inclusive community in music won’t be forgotten anytime soon.


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A Car Struck A Black Lives Matter Protester And Sped Off With Her On The Hood

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A Car Struck A Black Lives Matter Protester And Sped Off With Her On The Hood

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At a time when people should be lending an open ear and contributing to current cultural conversations, a 29-year-old Black Lives Matter protester from Bloomington, Indiana was injured on Monday after a car rammed into her and sped away with her on the hood of the car. As the car sped off, another man, 35, held on to the side of the car as it drove away.

A short clip of the incident was posted on Twitter and shows a red car driving off with the woman on the hood and the man hanging off of its side.

The incident captured by Rodney C. Root took place at the end of a protest march in Bloomington. The march was in response to claim by a Black man named Vauhxx Booker who said he was attacked by a group of white people who “attempted lynching” him. “At one point during the attack one of the men jumped on my neck,” Booker wrote on Facebook about the incident. “I could feel both his feet and his full bodyweight land hard against my neck.”

According to police, the incident at the protest may have escalated when the male passenger of the red car, a Toyota, threw an electric scooter left in the middle of the road.

According to Buzzfeed News the Bloomington Police Department said in a statement that the woman protestor, identified as Rachel Glago, approached the car and stood in front of it with her hands on the hood. When the car began to accelerate, the women jumped on the hood of the car and the man grabbed the car and clung on to its side. The two people clung to the car as it continued to speed down the road. When the car rapidly turned both the man and woman were thrown from the hood.

GoFundMe page for Rachel Glago’s medical expenses said she will be okay” but did have a concussion. The man involved had abrasions on his arms.

Police said the car has not been located as of yet but a male and female were in the car.

In an interview with RTV6, the man who clung to the side of the car, Geoff Stewart, said he and other protesters attempted to stop the car from driving while the road was being cleared up. “A woman driving the vehicle came up to the stop and had started revving her engine toward us and we tried to stop her and let her know that the crowd is clearing up, just wait a second,” Stewart said in the interview. “But she and her passenger both wanted to go right away so they started to push. They pushed into the woman that was with me, and when she pushed again, both of us went on the vehicle.”

“I was just trying to block her vision so she would slow down so I tried to pull myself as far in her way to obstruct her view. She drove through red lights and made her turn up here that threw both of us off the car,” Stewart said.

This 13-Year-Old Girl From Bakersfield, California Has Gone Missing

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This 13-Year-Old Girl From Bakersfield, California Has Gone Missing

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On July 1, Patricia “Patty” Alatorre’s family reported her missing. According to the site Black and Missing, a total of 230,302 minorities out of 612,846 people were reported missing in the United States. We’re hoping this report ensures Alatorre won’t be another FBI’s statistic which has seen nearly 87,500 active missing persons on record each year.

According to the Bakersfield Police Department, Alatorre was last seen in Bakersfield at 11:30 pm.

Alatorre is described as being 5 foot, 90 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen on Crescent Ridge Street near Hosking Avenue & Wible Road in Bakersfield. On Monday, police arrested Armando Cruz of Inglewood for his alleged involvement in Alatorre’s disappearance. He is a 24-year-old man from California and has been charged in connection with Alatorre’s disappearance and according to reports, perhaps her murder.

“Cruz was booked into Kern County Jail and charged with murder and sexual assault of a juvenile,” People.com reports and according to the Kern County Jail website he is being held without bail.

Earlier this week, detectives took a vehicle that matched the description of the suspicious truck that had been seen in the area at the time of Alatorre’s disappearance. The truck is a white pick-up.

Police have yet to reveal whether Alatorre’s remains have been found and Cruz has yet to enter a plea. Still, if you know anything about the case please be sure to contact Bakersfield police.

Bakersfield Police is urging the public with any information to contact Detective Ursery at 661-326-3871 or the Kern County Secret Witness hotline at 661-322-4040.