Daniel Zamudio, the 24-year-old Chilean man beaten on March 3 only for being gay, was pronounced dead at 7:45 pm (6:45 pm EST) today. Doctors performed a test this afternoon that confirmed cerebral failure and soon after, Zamudio died.
Earlier today, I talked about how Daniel’s story has shed light on the violence of homophobia, machismo, and neo-Nazism in Chile, but also how Daniel’s sacrifice, though unwarranted, will hopefully not be in vain.
Movilh, the Movimiento de Integración y Liberación Homosexual, has lots of info on their website about the steps they are taking toward making mutual understanding and antidiscrimination a reality in Chile.
Que descanse en paz, Daniel.