Rapper and LGBT activist Kevin Fret has been shot dead in Puerto Rico.The 24-year-old musician, known as Latin trap music's first openly gay artist who has been credited with "transforming the genre", was killed in the country's capital San Juan on Thursday, according to police.Fret was shot eight times while riding his motorbike in the street at around 5.30am, according to local media.Fret's manager, Eduardo Rodriguez, confirmed the artist's death and described the rapper as "an artistic soul".
His death comes in a week when an FBI official, Douglas Leff, described a “crisis of violence” in Puerto Rico, and its congress member Jenniffer González requested increased law enforcement from US Homeland Security – Puerto Rico is an unincorporated territory of the US – to address a “sense of impunity and lawfulness” there.
Puerto Rico has seen a rise in street crime in recent weeks, which has been described by police on the Caribbean island as a "crisis of violence".
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We must all unite in these difficult times, and ask for much peace for our beloved Puerto Rico … He still had a lot left to do.”
Well-known Latin trap rappers like Bad Bunny, Messiah and Ozuna have collaborated with mainstream hip hop artists like Drake and Cardi B.
Gang activity, along with drug and human trafficking, is being blamed for the levels of violent crime, compounded by “high levels of absenteeism” in the Puerto Rico’s police force, according to González.
Kevin Fret, an openly gay 24-year-old Latin trap artist, was murdered today in Puerto Rico
"The magazine described his music as "transcending the machismo and transforming the genre".
Kevin Fret: Gay rapper shot dead in Puerto Rico aged 24
"Fret gained acclaim for his single Soy Asi, which has more than 600,000 views on YouTube,His death brings the number of murders in Puerto Rico this year to 22, police said.Fret, who spent time living in Miami, told magazine Paper last year: "I'm a person that doesn't care what anybody has to say… [I see] young gay guys or young lesbians that are looking at me now like a role model, like wow, if he did it, and he don't care what anybody else has to say, I can do it.
His death means there have been an average of more than two murders a day in Puerto Rico so far this year.
The musician, described as Latin Trap music's first openly gay artist, was killed in the capital San Juan on Thursday morning, police said.
One of the few well-known openly gay rappers in Puerto Rico has become a victim of intensifying violence on the island. Kevin Fret, a 24-year-old musician and outspoken advocate for the LGBT community, was murdered early this morning.
Kevin Fret “was an artistic soul, a big-hearted dreamed,” his manager says. The 24yo rapper, who was openly gay, was killed this morning while riding his motorcycle in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He becomes the islands 22nd murder victim in the last 10 days.
Kevin Fret, a Puerto Rican musician who was one of the island’s only openly gay rappers, has been shot dead in the capital, San Juan, aged 24.
The Puerto Rican was a rising trap artist in the Latin trap scene, and his debut music video, Soy Asi (I'm Like This), has more than half a million views on YouTube.
Kevin Fret, gay Latin trap rapper, shot dead in Puerto Rico