Three murdered at LGBT festival in Mexico

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Three men have died in gunfire at La Reina Gay Festival [‘The Gay Queen’ Festival] in Mexico on Sunday 29 November. Five others were injured when an unknown gunman opened fire on a crowd gathered for the festival in Acapulco.

The three men who were killed were between the ages of 23 and 33, a police official told AFP on Monday. Several others have been hospitalized.

The identity of the attackers is not yet known. It is also unknown at this time if the crime was motivated by homophobia, or if it was yet another example of the ongoing violence in the region.

The homicide rate in Acapulco is currently the highest in Mexico. An estimated 150,000 people have been murdered in drug-related crimes in the last few years. Last year, international attention was directed on the nearby town of Ayotzinapa, when 43 Mexican students disappeared.

The day before the attack on La Reina Gay Festival, the Supreme Court of Mexico ruled for the second time that all bans on same-sex marriage were unconstitutional.

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