Daniel Zamudio

Published April 28, 2012 by Tony

Another victim of the discrimination


Daniel Zamudio Vera, a 24-year-old Chilean man, has died after almost a month in the hospital after a vicious hate attack he suffered at the hands of a group of suspected neo-Nazi on March 3, 2012. It all started on a Saturday early in the morning in a Santiago park, close to a police station and a park secured by guards. A group of thugs massacred Daniel that was hanging out there, beacuse he was gay. They tortured him for six hours and nobody saw anything. Damn, how is it possible?! One out of the four aggressors is said to be a neo-Nazi. The rest, a mixture of ill-bred misfits. But today, all of them are accused of participating in one of the most savage assaults ever seen in Santiago. As the aggressors refer, they hit him  with “kicks, punches in the head, face, testicles, legs, and all over the body”. Then one of them  tattooed three swastikas with the neck of a bottle that they broke minutes before on his head.
The Anti-Discrimination Law that has been stuck in Congress for seven years has come back as a trending topic after the attack on Zamudio. There has even been a request to call it Zamudio Law [es] and to carry on the discussion at the Parliament’s Mixed Commission after the last vote that took place in November 2011.

I’m against death penalty but in such cases my belief wavers!

Daniel Zamudio was the second of four children born in 1987 in the town of San Bernardo, a district located just south of Santiago, the Chilean capital. By the time he was about 13 years old, his family realized Daniel was homosexual. However, he did not openly admit his sexual orientation until age 17. Daniel’s relationship with his family was good, although not free from conflict with his father who apparently did not accept his son was gay. In 2003, after his parents separated, Daniel went to live with his mother and grandmother. At age 17, he fell into a deep depression triggered by the suicide of his best friend. Unable to cope with the tragedy, he became emotionally instable, neglected his studies and finally he quit high school. Until recently in 2012, he was working as a clerk in a Chinese clothing store with the intention of saving some money to resume regular schooling and to take modeling and acting lessons. His goal was to pursue a career in communications and eventually to start a family and become a father. Daniel regularly attended LGBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans-sexual) oriented nightclubs and more than once mentioned to friends that he had been harassed by strangers when he was leaving the venues. On March 2, Daniel went to work as usual at 7:30 a.m. He told his family that he would meet a friend in the evening and would be home late. He did not return. On Sunday, his family reported his disappearance to the Chilean Police. They managed to identify him as the young man who had been admitted the day before to Santiago’s Posta Central Hospital. Daniel had been found by a policeman around 4:00 a.m. without ID documents, badly injured and unconscious. He was found in “San Borja” Park which is located along the Alameda, a main thoroughfare in downtown Santiago. Daniel’s injuries were so severe that the medical team at Posta Central decided to place him into an induced coma. His head and body had been brutally beaten. Part of one ear had been cut, his legs were broken and he had cuts resembling swastikas on his chest and back. Several cigarette burns were found in different parts of his body. On March 19 his condition worsened and on March 27 Daniel died.

Despite the vitality of a young man, he probably preferred to leave this world, a world unfair, bad and rotten for a better one. Daniel, forgive us and may God rest your soul!

2 comments on “Daniel Zamudio

  • My heart goes out to his family, friends and loved ones. What a tragic loss. As a gay man myself, I consider myself relatively privileged living in England. It goes to show more has to be done around the world to deal with homophobia and attacks on the LGBT community.

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