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Latin America has a homophobic killings problem

The gruesome murders of gays in the region are shocking. So is how rarely the violence gets reported.

By all accounts, Joel Molero, an openly gay young man, was enjoying his life to the fullest in Chachapoyas, a sleepy provincial capital in northern Peru. The 19-year-old high school graduate had a lively social life, sang in a cumbia band — dance music more popular in much of Latin America than salsa — and was making plans to study in Ecuador. All that came to a shocking halt on Nov. 22, at the end of a raucous but innocent evening in a karaoke bar.
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