SF activist Bubbles killed in Tenderloin

Dressed as Bubbles, Anthony Torres sits on his couch in San Francisco, Calif. “It hard to explain. Bubbles is just Bubbles,” said Torres. (Photo: Mike Kepka, The Chronicle)

SAN FRANCISCO — Activist Anthony Torres, known in San Francisco as Bubbles, was shot and killed in the city’s Tenderloin area this past weekend, local media reported.

From SFGate.com:

San Francisco activist, artist and DJ Anthony Torres, who was best known by his gender-nonconforming alter ego, Bubbles, was fatally shot early Saturday morning, according to his attorney and friends.

Torres, 44, was a fixture in the San Francisco club scene, regularly DJing house parties, marches and events. He was shot and killed Saturday at around 3 a.m. on the corner of Larkin and Myrtle streets in the Tenderloin, his attorney said.

“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.

The San Francisco medical examiner confirmed Sunday that Torres had died but could not provide details on the cause of death or location.

A preliminary report from San Francisco police said a 30-year-old female was shot around 2:50 a.m. near Larkin and Myrtle streets and pronounced dead at a hospital. A police spokesman could not confirm the identify of the victim or say why the age and sex did not fit with Torres, but said it was the city’s only homicide over the weekend.

No suspect information was available and preliminary information did not indicate the homicide was a hate crime, the website reported.