Daniel Zamudio, a gay 24-year-old Chilean who was left brain dead after being attacked by four alleged members or a neo-Nazi gang, died on Tuesday after being in critical condition for over three weeks, hospital sources said.
Zamudio, who was openly gay, was violently beaten in a Santiago park last March 3rd by an alleged neo-Nazi gang.
Four gang members have been arrested and remain in prison.
Zamudio died on Tuesday afternoon after being in an induced coma.
“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,” the leader of the Homosexual Liberation Movement (MOVILH), Jaime Parada, said.
According to photos released by his family, Zamudio was severely and violently hit in the head. His body had been burned with cigarettes and marked with Nazi symbols. They also cut part of his ear.
The Chilean police have arrested four men aged between 19 and 25, who have been accused of attempted murder, although after Zamudio’s passing, the case will surely be elevated to murder.
The suspects have denied all accusations, but criminal records show they have been arrested before on charges of xenophobia.
The violent attack against Zamudio caused outrage in Chile, and his condition was followed closely by the press and the population.
Ricky Martin responded to Zamudio’s death on his Twitter saying: “Daniel Zamudio RIP”, Boy George has not given a reaction yet.