If someone is accused of a violent crime, are we really obligated to use their preferred pronoun?

The Daily Caller reports:

Berkeley Media Felt The Need To Use Preferred Pronouns In Coverage Of Murder

A local newspaper insists on using the pronoun “they” in its coverage of the University of California, Berkeley student who is the prime suspect behind a fatal stabbing Friday night.

Pablo Gomez, Jr., 22, is suspected of stabbing a woman to death Friday in Berkeley and injuring another person during a different incident. He was arrested Saturday in Burbank.

Berkeleyside, a local independent news outlet with a liberal leaning, is on top of the story. After one of Gomez’s friends reached out to Berkeleyside, the outlet decided to use his preferred pronoun “they” throughout its coverage. The website decided to clarify this with a note in the middle of the story:

According to Gomez Jr.’s Facebook page, they are a UC Berkeley student who lives in Berkeley. [A friend contacted Berkeleyside early Saturday to say Gomez Jr. uses the pronoun “they.”]