After a long agony, Daniel Zamudio, a young man who was beaten by a group of suspected Nazi sympathizers died last night in Santiago de Chile.
Representatives of the Emergency Service at Santiago’s Posta Central Hospital confirmed that Zamudio´s death occurred Tuesday at 19:45 hours. The news, which was expected since the weekend because of the serious health condition of the 24-year-old man, was received with sorrow by his family and friends waiting in front of the hospital.
Jaime Parada, spokesman for the Gay Liberation Movement (MOVILH) spoke to reporters at the gates of the hospital: "He is a victim of homophobia, a victim of hatred for those who have a different sexual orientation.” Parada said.
"His only sin was being born different; we want to emphasize the love and integrity of his parents who always strongly supported him, despite the stigma that for many means being a homosexual.” Parada added.
Zamudio has been under intensive medical care at Posta Central Hospital since March 4, after receiving a violent beating
People show their sorrow at the gates of Posta Central in Santiago following the announcement of Zamudio's death.(Screengrab Cooperativa.cl).
at a Santiago park. Four suspects were charged in the case. Most likely the charges will be changed now from aggravated assault and frustrated murder to qualified consummated murder.
The suspects, Raul A. Lopez (25), Axel A. Angulo (26), Patricio Ahumada (25) and Fabian Mora (19), according to the prosecutor's investigation, assaulted Zamudio and repeatedly beat, kicked and hit him with stones, burned him with cigarettes and used glass from a broken bottle to mark swastikas on his body.
Three of the suspects (excepting Mora) had criminal records for xenophobic and homophobic attacks as well as convictions for robbery and theft. They risk up to 40 years in prison.