Openly gay journalist Erick Martinez, 32, is murdered in Honduras.
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — The body of a missing journalist, who was gay, was found Monday along a roadside near the village of Aldea Guasculile in Olancho province north of the nation’s capital, authorities said.
Erick Martinez, 32, who worked with an LGBT organization called Asociacion Kukulcan, had been reported missing by his family on Saturday.
The cause of death has not yet been determined, but authorities said the body showed signs of a brutal beating as well as strangulation.
Martinez was the founder of Diversity Resistance Movement (MDR), and ran for a seat in Congress as a candidate with the People’s Refounding Force (FRP) party.
At least 22 journalists have been slain in Honduras since 2003, according to international observers, and none of the murders have been solved.
Additionally, at least 20 LGBT Hondurans have been murdered between 2010 and 2011, and nobody has been imprisoned in any of the cases, according to the Human Rights Commissioner’s Office.