Monday, 04 March 2013 19:26
About 300 gather for candlelight ceremony in honor of Daniel Zamudio.
Family and friends of Daniel Zamudio gathered Saturday evening alongside LGBT activists and the public to remember the now-famous gay youth’s life and legacy. The candlelight vigil marked the one-year anniversary of Zamudio’s fatal attack when four assailants beat the gay teen for his sexual orientation on March 3, 2012, eventually causing his death later that month.
Clutching rainbow flags, candles and images of Zamudio, the group of about 300 mourners walked together to Parque San Borja, the Santiago park where the hate crime occurred. At the memorial the LGBT rights organization, Movilh, announced plans to build a 538-square-foot tomb in Zamudio’s honor at the General Cemetery of Santiago.
After Zamudio’s death in 2012, the murder became a catalyst for the LGBT movement in Chile, sparking the swift passage of anti-discrimination legislation. The July after Zamudio’s death, the government signed its first anti-discrimination law. Nicknamed the “Zamudio Law,” it increased the legal punishments for violence committed for reasons of prejudice, including anti-gay violence. Login to read more.