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Chilean Gay Man Dies from Neo-Nazi Attack Injuries

Chilean Gay Man Dies from Neo-Nazi Attack Injuries


Multiple reports tell of the tragic death of 24-year-old Daniel Zamudio, a Chilean man brutally beaten, burned and mutilated in an alleged neo-Nazi attack a few weeks ago.

Zamudio had been in a medically induced coma to try and recover from the injuries he sustained during the March 3 attack. He had been found with a lacerated ear, a Nazi symbol carved into his flesh, and had been beaten so severely he had reportedly suffered a number of strokes as well as a badly injured leg. Sadly, despite early promise, it seems Zamudio was unable to overcome these injuries and died in the hospital on Tuesday evening.

Reports the Santiago Times:

Emilio Villalón, the director of the Posta Central Hospital in Santiago, said that the young man passed away at 7:45 p.m. after spending more than three weeks in a coma fighting for his life.

“The entire team has worked hard and intensely using every necessary resource for his trauma, but regrettably he has died,” Villalón told Cooperativa. “We regret this very much because it has generated a very important injustice against the community.”

The Chilean police have arrested four men aged between 19 and 25. They had been accused of attempted murder, though that charge will likely change given Zamudio’s death.

The suspects have all denied the accusations, though reports suggest that at least some of the men have criminal records centering on violent xenophobic activities.

While criminal proceedings progress, LGBT rights activists are demanding explanations from the Chilean government over its slow uptake of an LGBT-inclusive nondiscrimination law.

Chilean gay rights activist Jaime Parada is quoted as saying with regards to Zamudio’s death that, “He is a victim of homophobia, of the hatred that some have towards those who have a different sexual orientation. Today, we consider him a martyr.”

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12:53AM PDT on Apr 7, 2012

This is horrible.

4:06AM PDT on Apr 3, 2012

What horrible people!

10:34PM PDT on Apr 1, 2012

This is so sick. I cannot believe this could happen.

5:27PM PDT on Apr 1, 2012

So VERY VERY SAD!!! How one lives there life is noone elses business...and they have no right making it theirs! They should receive what they gave that young man! There is no excuse!!

7:53PM PDT on Mar 29, 2012

Jerks will pay!

5:21PM PDT on Mar 29, 2012

i think a petition to the president Sebastian Piñera and the Renovación Nacional and Udi parties to change their ways because they are repudied by the international community will be something to make a change. Because they always very aware of how international community look Chile and this make them look them very bad don't you think?

4:49PM PDT on Mar 29, 2012

May their God show them the error of their ways very, very, clearly.

3:32PM PDT on Mar 29, 2012

The thugs who did this should never see the sun again. Elsie V, how can we help? Will petitions make a difference?

12:31PM PDT on Mar 29, 2012

Notice you never hear of Neo-Nazis getting beat up by roaming gangs of gay people.....cause it just doesn't happen.

12:25PM PDT on Mar 29, 2012

These senators voted against the law anti discrimination in Chile
Jovino Novoa; Victor Peréz;Juan Antonio Coloma; José Antonio Kats Rits; Alexandro García-Huidobro; Jaime Orpis; Gonálo Uriarte; Edi Correa; Ena Von Baer; Carlos Larraín; Baldo Prokurica; Carlos Kuchel; Francisco Chahúan; Jsé garcía Ruminot; Hosaín Sabag.

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