A transsexual has been stoned to death in Colombia’s second largest city, Medellin, a local gay rights group said on Wednesday.
The victim was stoned to death by a group of attackers allegedly because of the victim’s evident sexual orientation, according to Hernando Muñoz, the Medellin representative of gay rights NGO Colombia Diversa.
A 19-year old friend of the victim has said he witnessed how the 46-year old Gabriel Mario Duque was murdered and is willing to testify against the attackers, said Muñoz who urged the local government to take action.
“This is of an incredibly brutality. We call ourselves the most innovative, the most cosmopolitan, the best city, but we are leaving this entire, extremely brutal situation rest,” Muños told radio station Blu.
According to the radio station, local authorities have already committed themselves to investigating the alleged hate crime.