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Man convicted of killing Daniel Zamudio in Chile seeks parole

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One of the four men convicted of murdering a young gay man in the Chilean capital in 2012 is seeking parole. Raúl López Fuentes in 2013 received a 15-year prison sentence after he was convicted of killing Daniel Zamudio.

Zamudio was a young Chilean man who became a symbol of the fight against homophobic violence in his country and around the world after López and three other young men with alleged ties to a neo-Nazi group beat him for several hours in Santiago’s San Borja Park on March 2, 2012.

Zamudio succumbed to his injuries a few weeks later. The attack sparked widespread outage in Chile and prompted a debate over homophobia in the country that highlighted the absence of an anti-discrimination law.

Lawmakers in the months after Zamudio’s murder passed a law that bears Zamudio’s name. Patricio Ahumada received a life sentence, while López and Alejandro Angulo Tapia are serving 15 years in prison.

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