3 men arrested in ‘savage and merciless’ deadly beating of gay man in Spain

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Three men were arrested Tuesday after a gay Spanish man was beaten to death Saturday outside a nightclub, in what his friends described as a homophobic attack.

Samuel Luiz, 24, had stepped outside the club in A Coruña when he was attacked by a man after a misunderstanding, Spanish newspaper El Mundo reported.

Cops said the man then returned with 12 other people and viciously attacked Luiz, according to El Mundo. At least one witness heard the attackers yelling homophobic slurs. Luiz died from his injuries at a nearby hospital.

“It was a savage and merciless act,” Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez wrote in a tweet. “We will not take a step backwards when it comes to rights and freedoms, and Spain will not tolerate this.”

The killing of Luiz sparked protests Monday in the far northwest city of A Coruña and elsewhere across Spain, as activists used the hashtag #JusticiaPorSamuel to plan events.

“We are here for Samuel, not just for him, but for everyone who has suffered or could suffer homophobic assaults,” protester Diego Rubio, who rallied in Madrid, told El Pais.

The three men who were arrested were only identified as between 20 and 25 years old. Spain’s national police force said its investigation is ongoing.

Local politician Jose Miñones told La Voz de Galicia that cameras captured the attack and would provide crucial information to investigators.

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