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Daniel Zamudio Verdict: 4 Chilean Man Found Guilty In Gay Man's Murder

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DANIEL ZAMUDIO VERDICT
Members of the CHA (Argentine Homosexual Community) light candels to pay homage to Chilean Daniel Zamudio, in front of the Chilean embassy in Buenos Aires on March 30, 2012. Zamudio, 24, was beaten on March 3 during a six-hour ordeal. Pictures released by his family show the attackers beat the openly gay man in the head, burned him with cigarettes and carved Nazi symbols and slogans on his body. He died from his injuries Tuesday, 25 days later. AFP PHOTO/Juan MABROMATA (Photo credit should read | Getty

SANTIAGO, Chile -- SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Four Chilean men have been found guilty of first-degree murder for killing a gay man and carving swastikas into his body.

Daniel Zamudio's murder set off a national debate about hate crimes in Chile that led Congress to pass an anti-discrimination law.

Judge Juan Carlos Urrutia said Thursday that Patricio Ahumada Garay, Alejandro Angulo Tapia, Raul Lopez Fuentes and Fabian Mora Mora are guilty of a crime of "extreme cruelty" and "total disrespect for human life."

The judge said the attackers also burned Zamudio with cigarettes, beat him with glass bottles and broke his right leg with a heavy stone before they abandoned him in a park in the Chilean capital on Oct. 3, 2012.

The sentence will be read on Oct. 28.

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