People tend to fear that which they do not understand. That fear translates to fear which in turn translates to violence. I can only assume this is what led to this degree of homophobia. May the young man rest in peace and may his father find a way to live out the rest of his days in some peace. No matter how much he hates them it will not bring his son back and only poison him from the inside and possibly lead him to an early grave.
- Daniel Zamudio, 24, was tortured and beaten on March 2 last year
- He was discovered in a park by policeman but died 25 days later
- Four men have been convicted of murder following a public outcry
- A new discrimination law has been passed since Daniel’s death
Patricio Ahumada Garay, Alejandro Angulo Tapia, Raul Lopez Fuentes and Fabian Mora Mora were convicted of the first degree murder of Daniel Zamudio today.
They beat the 24-year-old shop worker with bottles, burnt him with cigarettes, carved swastikas into his body and then broke his leg with a large stone in March last year, the Judge said.
After being left to die of his wounds in the San Borja de Alameda park in the Chilean capital, Daniel was found at 4am by a police officer and taken to hospital where he died 25 days later.
Speaking to El Mercurio newspaper, Ivan Zamudio, Daniel’s father, said: ‘Of course I will not forgive them.’
Judge Juan Carlos Urrutia said the four were guilty of a crime of ‘extreme cruelty’ and ‘total disrespect for human life.’
Presidential spokeswoman Cecilia Pérez said: ‘Nothing can change the tremendous pain suffered by Daniel’s parents, but there’s no doubt that today some tranquility has finally reached their hearts. It’s the tranquility that comes with justice.’
As the verdicts were read out Zamudio’s mother sobbed while the guilty men looked down at the floor.
Prosecutors are now asking for jail terms varying between eight years and life imprisonment.
‘We’re satisfied with this ruling. There’s a before and an after the Zamudio case,’ said Rolando Jimenez, president of the Gay Liberation and Integration Movement.
‘It generated such outrage because of the brutality, the hate, that it helped raised awareness.
‘We’ve witnessed a cultural change that finally led to an anti-discrimination law.’
The law had been stuck in Chile’s parliament for seven years since it was proposed, as hardline campaigners failed to agree on the wording.
Even after the horrific killing of Daniel, the motion only passed by two votes.
The law defined illegal discrimination as ‘any distinction, exclusion or restriction that lacks reasonable justification, committed by agents of the state or individuals, and that causes the deprivation, disturbance or threatens the legitimate exercise of fundamental rights.’
Daniel was the second of four brothers and had hoped to study theatre before he was murdered.
The sentencing of the four men will take place on October 28.
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