Spanish police announced on Tuesday that they had arrested three men in connection with the killing of a young gay man, who was beaten to death on Saturday.
Samuel Luiz, a 24-year-old nursing assistant, was out with his friends in the Galician city of A Coruña when he was attacked outside of a nightclub. According to his friends, Luiz was attacked when he stepped outside of the club to make a video call. It was then when two male passersby accused him of trying to record them on his phone. Luiz attempted to explain that he was on a video call, but was attacked by one of the men.
According to The Guardian, the two men left and came back five minutes later with 12 others to beat Luiz unconscious. He was taken to a hospital, where he died in the early hours of Saturday.
In a statement from Policía Nacional’s Twitter, the three men who were arrested are between the ages of 20 and 25. Authorities say that they have not ruled out other arrests and said the investigation will remain open.
The attack created a surge of protests, in cities like Coruña, Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Salamanca, Bilbao, and Zaragoza. People took to the streets with signs advocating for better protection for LGBTQ+ people.
Spain’s prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, condemned the attack over on Twitter on Monday:
“I’m confident that the police investigation will soon find those who murdered Samuel and shed light on what happened,” he said. “It was a savage and merciless act. We will not take a step backward when it comes to rights and freedoms and Spain will not tolerate this.”