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San Francisco activist and icon Bubbles shot and killed

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San Francisco activist and DJ known as Bubbles, nee Anthony Torres, was shot and killed in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district on Saturday reports say. 

Colorful and always vibrant, Torres, 44, was a part of the underground music scene and had become a local gay icon since moving to the city twenty years ago.

Although there are no details yet on the motives behind his death. New Now Next reports that so far no evidence is pointing to the attack being a hate crime, but Torres' attorney disagrees.

“The details are still coming out… For a transgender activist to be gunned down on [his] own street shouldn’t stand and won’t stand,” said Reilly.

In a 2012 video, Torres was interviewed for The City Exposed.

“In San Francisco you can get away with doing this. It’s an escape from every mundane day, and San Francisco allows me to do that,” He says in the video. “Bubbles is like a toy, in a way.”

Fans and friends have put up a small memorial where it is believed Torres was shot placing candles, cards and other items in honor of him.

Supervisor Jane Kim represents the Tenderloin on the Board of Supervisors said, “This homicide is a very unfortunate and tragic incident.” She added, “He was one of those San Francisco personalities.”