The late Daniel Zamudio
One of the four men found guilty of the horrific torture and murder of a young gay man in Chile has been sentenced to life in prison.
On Monday, Patricio Ahumada Garay, said to be gang’s ringleader, was jailed for life in the killing of Twenty-four-year-old Daniel Zamudio in a Santiago park in March.
Alejandro Angulo Tapia and Raul Lopez Fuentes were both given 15 years in prison while a fourth man, Fabian Mora-Mora, was only sentenced to seven years in jail.
The young man’s attackers not only beat him mercilessly but also stabbed him, cut off part of his ear, burned him with cigarettes, broke his leg with a rock and carved Swastikas into his skin with broken glass.
He later died in hospital after clinging to life for three weeks.
Zamudio’s family clapped as the men’s sentences were read out in court but his sobbing mother later told reporters that she believed that all of the killers should have been sent to jail for life.
“I just want them to rot in prison for what they did. Let them dry up behind bars,” she said.
Rolando Jimenez, President of the Gay Liberation and Integration Movement in Chile, told the Associated Press: “This leaves a bitter taste in my mouth because they deserve much stiffer sentences, unfortunately Chile’s legislation doesn’t allow it. We’re tired of fighting to end the brutal attacks on people because of their sexual orientation.”
The BBC reported that just a week ago another 21-year-old gay man was attacked and had his eyes cut out with a knife 60km outside of Santiago. He is said to be fighting for his life.
The brutal attack on Zamudio led to Chile finally passing a long in the works hate crime bill that punishes offenders more harshly in cases in which victims are targeted because of their sexual orientation, race, gender, religion or nationality.