LBGTQ activist and DJ, Bubbles, was shot and killed early Sunday morning near a strip club in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco.
Anthony Torres, better known as Bubbles, was a performer, DJ and activist. Torres was killed outside the New Century strip club in San Francisco. As word started to spread of the shooting, friends brought photos and flowers to create an impromptu memorial for Bubbles.
“The city loses a loving, special character, the type of person that makes San Francisco the great, unique place that it is,” said Jim Reilly, 44, Torres’ attorney and friend via SF Gate.
Police say they have surveillance footage from the incident and have a person of interest in the case. No suspect information has been released at this time and they don’t have enough information to label it a hate crime, though his lawyer is making that claim.
“This is a hate crime,” said Reilly, who has previously represented Torres according to the San Francisco Examiner. “For a transgender activist to be gunned down on [his] own street shouldn’t stand and won’t stand.”
The label head of Dark Entries, Josh Cheon, posted a video showing Bubbles Djing and wrote about the impact the DJ had on the community.
“If you were lucky enough to meet Bubbles you would never forget her, a true artist in every meaning of the word. Not of this time or planet she was always full of the most positive energy she would excitedly share stories about launching a new fashion line, discovering a Severed Heads b-side and throwing a party in an underground space all in the same conversation. San Francisco lost one the best and will never be the same.”