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Killers of Chile gay man Daniel Zamudio sentenced

Killers of Chile gay man Daniel Zamudio sentenced

The killers of a gay 24-year-old Chilean were sentenced today (28 October).

Patricio Ahumada Garay, who prosecutors say masterminded the attack back in 2012, received a life sentence.

The court also sentenced Raúl López Fuentes and Alejandro Angulo Tapia to 15 years in prison.

Fabián Mora Mora received a seven year sentence.

Daniel Zamudio was found murdered in 3 March 2012 after being beaten unconscious with swastikas carved into his skin.

The convicted men were between 19 and 25 years old at the time of the attack.

Photos released by his family showed the young man with cigarette burns all over his body, the Nazi symbols marked on his chest and back and part of his ear cut.

After 25 days in hospital following the attack, Zamudio was pronounced dead.

Described as a ‘martyr’, thousands turned out for his funeral procession as it journeyed for three hours from his hometown San Bernardo to Santiago’s main cemetery.

Very quickly, many compared Zamudio’s death to the 1998 killing of Matthew Shepard in Wyoming.

For the 24-year-old did not die in vain. His death led to the passage of a hate crimes law in Chile protecting LGBT people.

A Senate committee approved a version of ‘Zamudio’s law’ on 16 October.