39-year-old gay activist Rene Martinez was kidnapped on Wednesday as he was arriving home from work, when unknown men forced him into a vehicle.His body was found two days later in a nearby neighbourhood, according to Associated Press. Mr Martinez appears to have been strangled. The activist had served as President of of San Pedro Sula-based rights group Comunidad Gay Sampredrana, and worked for an anti-violence programme developed alongside the US Agency for International Development.
The information about the murder is officially condemned by the statement of the USA embassy in Honduras. It reads: “On behalf of the people and the government of the United States, we condemn in the strongest terms the apparent murder of Rene Martinez. A leader in the LGBTI community in San Pedro Sula and a rising political figure in Honduras, his death comes as a great shock. We offer our condolences to his friends and family, and expect a full and thorough investigation into the circumstances of his death. The United States has already offered our assistance to Honduran authorities working to bring justice in this case.”