Zamudio was attacked in the early hours of March 3, 2012, in Santiago by assailants who kicked and beat him with a rock, carved swastikas into his skin, broke his leg, and burned him with cigarettes.
The four — Patricio Ahumada, Alejandro Angulo, Raúl López, and Fabián Mora — face prison terms of eight years to life when they are sentenced for the murder Oct. 28.
After the attack, Zamudio was hospitalized for close to three weeks in a medically induced coma. He died on the evening of March 27, 2012.
The attackers, aged 19 to 26, were arrested less than a week after the killing. A court held that they murdered Zamudio because of his sexual orientation, the Times reported.
Zamudio’s death bolstered Chile’s gay-rights movement and led to the passage of the so-called Zamudio Law last year.
The statute increases penalties for bias-motivated crimes. According to to the Movement for Homosexual Integration and Liberation (MOVILH), a Chilean gay-rights advocacy group, 20 people were killed in the country between 2002 and 2012 because of sexual identity or orientation.
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