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article imageDaniel Zamudio case: Four men found guilty of his murder

By Mathew Wace Peck     Oct 17, 2013 in Crime
Four men have been found guilty of the murder of the openly gay man who died in Chile's capital last year. Daniel Zamudio's murder set in motion a national debate in Chile about hate crimes, which led Congress to pass an anti-discrimination law.
As reported by Digital Journal, the attack took place in Santiago de Chile, Chile, in March 2012.
His injuries were so severe that doctors put him into an induced coma.
According to ABC News, the four men have been "found guilty of first-degree murder [...] and carving swastikas into his body."
Thousands of people attended the young man's funeral, which preceded a private cremation ceremony.
AP reports that Judge Juan Carlos Urrutia said on Thursday, "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'.
In his statement, Judge Urrutia reiterated that the attackers also "burned Zamudio with cigarettes, beat him with glass bottles and broke his right leg with a heavy stone before they abandoned him in a park in the Chilean capital".
Sentencing of the four men will be take place later this month, on 28 October.
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