Death of Gay Trap Star Kevin Fret Highlights Crisis in Puerto Rico

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Latin lure singer Kevin Fret, credited for being the style’s first brazenly homosexual artist, was shot and killed on Thursday, January 10th within the Santurce neighborhood in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Local newspaper El Vocero studies that the 24-year-old had been out using a Yamaha motorbike at 5:30 a.m. when he was fatally shot within the head and within the hip. Another man was reportedly seen with Fret on the scene, however rapidly fled on his personal motorbike. Police suspect foul play, possibly involving extortion, however haven’t dominated out the potential for a hate crime.

Fret’s demise is considered one of 24 homicides recorded on the island in lower than two weeks. A top FBI official had declared a “crisis of violence” in Puerto Rico only a day shy of the killing, citing upticks in shootings, gang exercise and human trafficking.

In an announcement issued to the press on Thursday, Fret’s supervisor, Eduardo Rodriguez, acknowledged: “Kevin was a creative soul, a big-hearted dreamer. His ardour was music, and [he] nonetheless had loads to do. This violence should cease. There are not any phrases that describe the sensation we have now and the ache that causes us to know that an individual with so many desires has to go. We should all unite in these troublesome instances, and ask for a lot peace for our beloved Puerto Rico.”

A real anomaly in urbano music, Kevin Fret was finest identified for flaunting queer pleasure in underground lure anthems like “Soy Así” (“I’m Like This”) and on Mike Duran’s tune “Diferente” (“Different”). The rising singer and LGBT advocate was heralded throughout social media for defying societal norms in each his gender presentation and his taunting lyrics — boasting of being “Frida Kahlo reincarnate” and complicated straight males with the facility of his make-up — and upending the style’s paradigm of macho habits and misogyny.

Fret turned an more and more public goal of harassment in 2018, after trapero Anuel AA fired a diss monitor titled “Intocable,” which has since been taken down from the web. The tune featured homophobic slurs and inflammatory verses about Anuel’s collaborator-turned-nemesis Cosculluela — implying a gay relationship between his rival and Fret. (Anuel has since apologized.)

At the time, Fret took to social media to lambast Anuel and urbano artists at giant for his or her unchecked homophobia, urging artists to cease utilizing the homosexual group as punchlines of their songs. Yet as of Thursday morning, Fret’s Instagram page was mysteriously wiped of all posts, leaving only a single message in his Instagram story from the day earlier than: “Pray, calm down, anticipate my instances and I’ll do the remaining. — God.” The singer had recently teased new music for 2019 by a producer’s Instagram account.

The rash of violence on the island has led to protests from Puerto Rican reggaetonero Bad Bunny and Calle 13 rapper Residente, who wandered the streets of San Juan collectively late Thursday evening into early Friday morning, petitioning guards at Governor Ricardo Rosselló’s mansion to allow them to communicate to the governor. The two broadcast their mission live on Instagram at 2 a.m. local time — “We’re right here to speak to Ricky about crime in Puerto Rico,” stated Residente, who intermittently took pictures with guards and followers. The rappers have been finally allowed in early Friday morning, after which they photographed themselves inside Gov. Rosselló’s workplace. Bad Bunny wrote, “The solar got here out, however we had the discuss we needed.”

This comes two months after feminist activists Colectiva Feminista en Construcción were reportedly tear-gassed outside the governor’s mansion, after demanding the federal government of Puerto Rico take motion following the homicide of 41 girls in 2018. Although Bad Bunny and Residente made no express acknowledgment of Fret’s homicide, or every other particular murders, Thursday’s incident could have prompted their go to. Rolling Stone has reached out for extra remark.

“The crime that lives on our island just isn’t as a consequence of songs about crime,” wrote Residente earlier on his Instagram, blaming as a substitute the federal government’s lack of funding for schooling. “It is unlikely well-educated child with objectives to work would find yourself on the streets.”

Added the musician: “I suggest all rappers get collectively and file a tune about [the misuse of government funds] and demand they use it for schooling. I’ll present the beats and the beer. Puerto Rico doesn’t want peace, it wants schooling.”

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Death of Gay Trap Star Kevin Fret Highlights Crisis in Puerto Rico