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.
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.”