Gay activist killed in Honduras

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A gay rights activist has been killed in Honduras in a drive-by shooting.

Walter Trochez, 25, was well-known for campaigning for equality in the country and had reportedly been harassed and beaten recently.

He was killed on December 13th in Tegucigalpa, the capital city. A motive for the killing is not yet known, but Trochez spoke of being trailed by men he believed to be members of the state’s security forces.

Trochez was an active part of a National Resistance Movement that worked against the coup that ousted President Jose Manuel Zelaya.

The group said this week that he had been detained by police earlier this month in connection with the group’s beliefs.

According to writer Doug Ireland, Trochez recently wrote an open letter to supporters about the numbers of hate crimes in the city.

He told supporters: “As a revolutionary, I will always defend my people, even if it takes my life.”