Three arrested after murder of Spanish gay man in mob attack


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Police in Spain have arrested three people over the death of 24-year-old gay man Samuel Luiz in a suspected homophobic attack.

Luiz, a 24-year-old nursing assistant, died after more than a dozen people attacked him outside a nightclub.

Luiz was out with friends in Galicia in northwest Spain in the early hours of Saturday when an argument started.

Friends told newspaper El Mundo Luiz stepped out of the club to make a video call when two bystanders accused him of trying to film them.

Luiz tried to explain he was on the video call, but one of the people allegedly attacked him.

Five minutes later, one of the assailants allegedly returned with as many as a dozen others who beat Luiz unconscious.

Police alleged the “human pack kicked the young man for more than 150 metres down the street.”

A friend who witnessed the attacker told local media that one of the initial attackers had hurled gay slurs at Luiz.

Members of the pack continued attacking Luiz even after he’d dropped to the ground and lost consciousness.

Luiz was taken to hospital, but sadly died later on Saturday morning.

Policía Nacional confirmed officers had arrested three suspects.

The suspects, aged between 20 and 25, are the “alleged perpetrators of the violent attack that ended the life of Samuel Luiz”.

They added their investigation remains ongoing and they could make further arrests.

In a letter to El Mundo, Luiz’s friends described him “as the best person you could ever meet.”

“Everyone loved him for who he was,” they wrote.

They added, “You are gone, but we will be here every day fighting for what you deserve, justice.”

Samuel Luiz death sparks protests across Spain

Samuel Luiz’s killing was met with horror and outrage in Spain. The hashtags #JusticeForSamuel and #JusticeParaSamuel soon trended on Twitter.

Protests also erupted across the country in A Coruña, Barcelona, Valencia, Salamanca, Bilbao and Zaragoza.

Protesters marched the streets with signs that included slogans like “Your homophobia is killing us”.

However authorities came under fire for deploying riot police who used batons and force on protesters in capital Madrid.

Spain’s Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, condemned the “savage and merciless” killing and offered condolences to friends and family.

“I’m confident that the police investigation will soon find those who murdered Samuel and shed light on what happened,” he tweeted.

“It was a savage and merciless act. We will not take a step backwards when it comes to rights and freedoms and Spain will not tolerate this.”

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Jordan Hirst
Jordan Hirst

Jordan Hirst is an experienced journalist and content creator with a career spanning over a decade at QNews. Since 2012, the Brisbane local has covered an enormous range of topics and subjects in-depth affecting the LGBTIQA+ community, both in Australia and overseas. Today, the Brisbane-based journalist covers everything from current affairs, politics and health to sport and entertainment.

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