Bubbles was a well-known figure in the city’s underground dance music scene.

San Francisco DJ, artist and activist Bubbles was killed in the early hours of Saturday morning (September 9) in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood.

According to the San Francisco Examiner Bubbles, real name Anthony Torres, was shot and killed at around 3am outside a strip club in an area that is a historic LGBTQ+ space. The murder took place near the RS94109 record store where Bubbles would often DJ.

Dark Entries boss Josh Cheon, whose label is based out of RS94109, paid tribute to 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.

Cheon continued: “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 [of] the best and will never be the same.”

Torres’s attorney Jim Reilly said: “this a hate crime… for a transgender activist to be gunned down on their own street shouldn’t stand and won’t stand.”

Police have yet to release information about the suspect.


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