The crime caught Coulter and company's attention, but what fueled their brief yet intense fascination was Gomez, who became, as one commenter put it on an Oregon college sports message board — because that’s how far this story of a Berkeley murder traveled — “the perfect leftist perp.” Coverage of the crime turned into debate about whether Gomez had the right, as an alleged murderer, to be referred to by the gender pronoun “they.” Details of the crime and victims gradually dissipated, absorbed into the far-right's platform (filed under: violent social justice warriors).
Crimes committed by ideologues like Gomez have long been used by opposing political sides to further their agendas.
Pablo Gomez is a student activist at the University of California, Berkeley — a senior majoring in Chicano/Latino studies.
Take a look at the full Facebook Live Q&A session with James Gunn below.She took some photos and talked to a police officer.She watched as a carousel of officers went in and out of the house, and as police began taking down some yellow tape around a.m. But after leaving the scene, she got a message from a woman who had seen Raguso’s posts in the UC Berkeley Facebook group.Her first story that day — when the only known victim was the 21-year-old stabbing survivor on Ridge Road — was published two and a half hours after the late-morning 911 call, breaking the news of the stabbing.Much later, after reporting that a body had been found on Ashby Avenue, Raguso went to see the still-active crime scene.