‘Justice for Samuel’: Outrage in Spain over the fatal beating (and possible homophobic murder) of a 24-year-old

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Samuel Luiz, 24, died early Saturday in the Spanish city of A Coruña after a fatal beating by a group of people near a nightclub. The Police already questioned 13 people on Monday and the security cameras that recorded what happened are being essential in the investigation.

The first hypotheses suggest that it all began with a dispute over a mobile phone from one of the friends Samuel was with. Apparently, the young woman made a video call and the attackers thought she was recording them. They approached her violently and Samuel tried to reassure them.

One of them punched him and then the rest joined in kicking the victim until they decided to flee and leave him half dead on the ground. He died when he was taken by ambulance to the hospital.

One of Samuel’s friends explained that the beating occurred while they yelled “fag” at him. In a tweet, another friend of the victim, who was not present at the time of the attack, claims that he was killed because of his sexual orientation. This message has set fire to social networks.

Through the ‘hashtag’ #JusticiaParaSamuel, many Internet users, including politicians and artists, have asked for justice and for the crime to be clarified.

For their part, the Police have not confirmed until now that there was a homophobic motivation in the murder. The delegate of the Executive in Galicia, José Miñones, said this Monday that no hypothesis is ruled out. Miñones asked “prudence and respect for the work of the Police, which continues with the open investigation.”

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Meanwhile, the subdelegate of the Government in A Coruña, María Rivas, commented that “it is a specific event”, without confirming that it was a homophobic attack.

The Minister of Equality, Irene Montero, condemned what happened and asked to build “a freer society in which we leave no room for hatred”.

“All the affection to his family and friends. What a sad day! Personal, social and legal reproach for those who overflow with brutality and homophobia,” wrote the head of the Ecological Transition, Teresa Ribera.

Likewise, LGTBI associations have organized rallies in several cities to denounce what they consider to be a homophobic crime.

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