Ricky Martin isn’t one to keep mum about news events – especially when it affects his beloved Puerto Rico.
The superstar recently spoke to The Huffington Post about the controversy surrounding his native island’s referendum election, and back in 2011, the then 39-year-old expressed his disapproval over a move by Puerto Rico’s Senate to amend a hate-crime law.
Now, Martin is showing support over a recent tragedy that killed a compatriot. With the simple tweet “Puerto Rico,” the singer/actor accompanied a link to photo of himself recently from his WhoSay page. In the black-and-white image, a solemn-looking Martin held up a sign that read: “Todos Somos Jose Enrique.”
José Enrique Gómez was a 32-year-old Puerto Rican publicist who was assassinated last week; his disappearance and gruesome murder incited a crazed social media wave, with many fellow Puerto Ricans posting images of themselves with messages identical to Martin’s, with the hash-tagged tweet:
#TodosSomosJoséEnrique. HuffPost Latino Voices reports that Gómez was beaten to death, burned alive, and left in the town of Cayey.
The murder has caused an uproar among Puerto Ricans on the island, who want the violence to stop. Another singer to show support for the deceased Gómez is salsa artist Victor Manuelle, who also posted an image of himself with the same message as Martin. According to ABC Univision, crime has shot in the small Caribbean island over the past several years – more than 1,000 people were murdered in 2011 alone.
Our thoughts are with Gómez’s family and those mourning this tragedy.