Daniel Zamudio Hub




Four Men Sentenced for Brutal Murder of Gay Chilean Daniel Zamudio

Daniel_zamudio

Four men who were found guilty this month of the March 2012 murder of gay Chilean Daniel Zamudio have been sentenced.

Attackers_zamudioJudge Juan Carlos Urrutia said in mid-October that Patricio Ahumada Garay, Alejandro Angulo Tapia, Raul Lopez Fuentes and Fabian Mora Mora are guilty of a crime of "extreme cruelty" and "total disrespect for human life."

Zamudio, was fatally beaten, stabbed, burned, and branded with a Swastika in March 2012. He spent several days clinging to life in a hospital before he died and his brutal killing at the hands of the four neo-Nazis has been compared to that of Matthew Shepard.

The AP reports:

The three-judge panel imposed a life sentence on Patricio Ahumada Garay. It sentenced two others to 15 terms, and another was sentenced to seven years. Zamudio's family and friends clapped as the sentences were read out.

 


Killers of Daniel Zamudio, 'Chile's Matthew Shepard', Found Guilty

Zamudio

Four men have been found guilty of the murder of gay Chilean Daniel Zamudio, whose brutal killing at the hands of neo-Nazis recalled that of Matthew Shepard.

Attackers_zamudioJudge Juan Carlos Urrutia said Thursday that Patricio Ahumada Garay, Alejandro Angulo Tapia, Raul Lopez Fuentes and Fabian Mora Mora are guilty of a crime of "extreme cruelty" and "total disrespect for human life."

Zamudio, was fatally beaten, stabbed, burned, and branded with a Swastika in March 2012. He spent several days clinging to life in a hospital before he died.

Zamudio's attackers were arrested shortly thereafter.

Zamudio's murder prompted the legislature to pass long-pending hate crimes legislation inclusive of sexual orientation just a week after the horrific crime. The legislation had been proposed seven years earlier.

2_zamudio


Chilean President Signs Hate Crime Bill into Law Three Months After Gay Man's Brutal Death at Hands of Neo-Nazis

A little more than three months after the death of Daniel Zamudio, who was beaten, stabbed, burned, and branded with a Swastika by a gang of neo-Nazis in March and died days later in a hospital, Chile's President Sebastian Pinera signed a hate crimes bill into law which had languished in the country's legislature for seven years, the AP reports:

Daniel_zamudio"Without a doubt, Daniel's death was painful but it was not in vain," Pinera said at a press conference joined by Zamudio's parents.

"His passing not only unified wills to finally approve this anti-discrimination law but it also helped us examine our conscience and ask ourselves: have we ever discriminated someone? ... After his death we'll think twice, thrice or four times before we fall prey to that behavior."

Four suspects, some with criminal records for attacks on homosexuals, have been jailed in Zamudio's killing. Prosecutors are seeking murder charges.

Said Gay Liberation and Integration Movement President Rolando Jimenez to the AP: "This law is a giant leap toward creating tools that can prevent and punish discrimination. There's still a lot to be done and we need the institutions to enforce it."


Outpouring Of Support For Family Of Daniel Zamudio: VIDEO

SantiagoZamudio

All month long, Andy's been reporting on Daniel Zamudio, the Chilean gay man attacked by neo-Nazis; burned, cut, beaten, and left for dead in a parking lot with swastikas carved into his body. Zamudio persisted for weeks on life support before perishing on March 27th. On Friday he received a public funeral, and the streets of Santiago filled with friends.

Watch AFTER THE JUMP ...

Continue reading "Outpouring Of Support For Family Of Daniel Zamudio: VIDEO" »


UN Official Urges Chile to Adopt Tougher Laws Protecting LGBT People After Brutal Murder of Daniel Zamudio

The UN is calling on Chile to strengthen protections against LGBT People following the death earlier this week of Daniel Zamudio, who had been in a coma since being beaten, slashed, burned and branded with a Swastika by a gang of neo-Nazis.

Daniel_zamudioThe AP reports:

Rupert Colville, a spokesman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, says the “particularly abhorrent murder” of 24-year-old Daniel Zamudio, who died Tuesday night, 25 days after he was attacked, demands news laws against discrimination because of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Colville told reporters in Geneva on Friday that Chilean lawmakers also should enact hate crime legislation allowing violence based on sexual orientation or gender identity to be added as “an aggravating factor” in prosecutions.

Earlier this week, Chilean President Sebastian Pinera said the government wouldn't rest until such laws are passed.


Chilean President Reacts to Murder of Gay Man, Says Government 'Won't Rest' Till Anti-Discrimination Law is Passed

Zamudio

Last night I reported on the death of Chilean gay man Daniel Zamudio, who has been in a coma since being beaten, slashed, burned and branded with a Swastika by a gang of neo-Nazis.

PineraThe horrific murder (it's a shame that's sometimes what it takes) has inspired Chile's President to speak out and vow action:

The case has prompted a national debate in Chile over hate crimes, and his death prompted Chilean President Sebastian Pinera to say from Asia that his government won't rest until a proposed anti-discrimination law is passed.

Four suspects are jailed, some with criminal records of attacks on gays. Prosecutors asked Wednesday for murder charges carrying life sentences.


Trending



Towleroad - Blogged