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Brutal attack of gay couple caught on camera after Miami Pride

Brutal attack of gay couple caught on camera after Miami Pride

Victims of the Miami Pride assault

Unveiled surveillance footage shows a group of men brutally attacking a gay couple at Miami Pride this weekend.

Rene Chalarca and his boyfriend, Dmitry Logunov, were holding hands as they left the celebration. Outside of a public restroom, four men attacked them in an alleged anti-gay assault.

Another man, Helmut Muller, tried to intervene but he was knocked unconscious when one of the four men struck him and he hit his head on the pavement. He received four stitches at the hospital.

CBS Miami revealed the footage of the attack on Monday (9 April).

The four assailants remain unidentified as police continue to search for them.

Ernesto Rodriguez, a member of the Miami Beach Police told CBS Miami: ‘We really need to hold those responsible, accountable.’

An ‘unnecessary’ attack

Police have not identified the attack as a hate crime. Rodriguez simply described the assault as ‘completely uncalled for and unnecessary’.

However, Chalarca and Logunov believe the men assaulted them due to their sexuality. Chalarca told NBC 6 that one of the men used anti-gay slurs in Spanish.

‘We were together,’ he said. ‘So for me, it’s like, yes, it was a hate crime.’

Logunov doubled down: ‘We probably provoked them because we were walking together, holding hands. It was gay pride. South Beach was full of gay people.’

Paramedics treated them at the scene, where both men suffered numerous cuts and bruises.

The incident put a dark cloud over the otherwise celebratory day, which included Gus Kenworthy.