Kevin Fret, known by many as the first openly gay Latin trap artist, was murdered in Puerto Rico on Thursday.
Fret, 24, was riding his motorcycle through San Juan’s Santurce neighborhood at around 5:30 a.m. when he was shot eight times and was pronounced dead at Río Piedras Medical Center a short time later, reports El Vocero, a Puerto Rican newspaper.
In an official press statement, Fret’s manager, Eduardo Rodriguez states: “Kevin was an artistic soul, a big-hearted dreamer. His passion was music, and still had a lot to do. This violence must stop. There are no words that describe the feeling we have and the pain that causes us to know that a person with so many dreams has to go. We must all unite in these difficult times, and ask for much peace for our beloved Puerto Rico.”
The Puerto Rican artist first stepped into the spotlight in April 2018 with his single “Soy Asi,” a powerful trap tune that highlighted his fierce personality.
In a previous interview with Rapetón, Fret, who also auditioned for the first season of La Banda, said his objective as a gay Latin trap artist was to mark the difference in the game and open the doors to other emerging artists in the LGBTQ community.
“Fret transgressed many of the expectations of hegemonic masculinity that dominate the trap genre with his empowered and colorful projection,” wrote Raymond Rohena of the Puerto Rico Trans Youth Coalition. “Kevin broke many barriers, serving as a very necessary representation, denouncing without filter the homophobia on the part of colleagues in artistic genres that are notorious for their machismo and misogyny.”
“May his memory serve as an inspiration for us to live in an authentic way and to keep opening doors for queer artists who carry their identity in every step they take with pride,” added Rohena.
Pedro Julio Serrano, founder of Puerto Rico Para Tod@s, another Puerto Rican LGBTI advocacy group, also mourned Fret’s death.
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