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Gay Latin singer shot dead

IANS  |  San Juan (Puerto Rico) 

Kevin Fret, who is known by many as the first openly gay artist, was shot dead here. The crime is under investigation.

The 24-year-old was killed early on Thursday, reports

According to Puerto Rican newspaper El Nuevo Dia, was riding a motorcycle in the Santurce neighborhood at about 5:30 a.m. when he was shot at eight times. He was then taken to the Rio Piedras Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

His death is the 22nd homicide in in 2019, part of what local officials call a "crisis of violence".

Fret's manager, Eduardo Rodrigues, confirmed the death of his client through an official press 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," he said.

Rodrigues added: "We must all unite in these difficult times, and ask for much peace for our beloved "

An for the LGBTQ community, first stepped into the Latin world in early 2018 with "Soy Asi", a song that highlighted his fierce personality. The video has garnered more than a half million views on



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First Published: Fri, January 11 2019. 13:50 IST