- "This is a hate crime," the DJ's lawyer has said.
San Francisco DJ, artist and LGBTQ activist Bubbles was killed Saturday morning in San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood.
The San Francisco Examiner reports that Bubbles, real name Anthony Torres, was shot and killed around 3 AM outside a strip club, close to the RS94109 record store where she would often DJ. Torres was well-known in the city's underground dance music scene.
"This is a hate crime," said Jim Reilly, Torres's attorney. "For a transgender activist to be gunned down on their own street shouldn't stand and won't stand."
Dark Entries label boss Josh Cheon, who operates out of RS94109, wrote about Torres in a Facebook post. "Anthony Brian Torres was shot and murdered last night on the same Tenderloin corner she would set up her portable DJ booth and perform outside RS94109," he wrote.
"If you were lucky enough to meet Bubbles you would never forget her, a true artist in every meaning of the word," Cheon added. "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 [of] the best and will never be the same."