The killing of Samuel Luiz outrages Spain’s LGBTQ community

Protesters attend a demonstration for Samuel Luiz's death on July 5, 2021 in Madrid, Spain. Samuel Luiz Muñiz was beaten to death in the early morning of Saturday, June 3 in A Coruña, after leaving a nightclub. Spanish authorities said yesterday they were investigating claims that he was beaten to death for being gay. [Aldara Zarraoa/Getty Images]
Protesters attend a demonstration for Samuel Luiz's death on July 5, 2021 in Madrid, Spain. Samuel Luiz Muñiz was beaten to death in the early morning of Saturday, June 3 in A Coruña, after leaving a nightclub. Spanish authorities said yesterday they were investigating claims that he was beaten to death for being gay. [Aldara Zarraoa/Getty Images]

Samuel Luiz, a 24-year-old nursing assistant, was beaten to death in early July in A Coruña, a city in northwest Spain. Witnesses say his aggressors reportedly used homophobic slurs while attacking him. But the police have not deemed it a hate crime yet.

The killing has shocked the LGBTQ community, and many have started a conversation online about their own experiences with attacks. Others are questioning how progressive the European country really is.

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Begoña Gómez Urzaiz (@begogomezurzaiz), freelance journalist in Barcelona

Mateo Sancho (@mateosancho), journalist and sociologist

Enrique Aparicio (@esnorquel), journalist

Rubén Serrano (@RubenSerranoM), journalist and author

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Source: Al Jazeera

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