Bi+ Ireland condemns the murder of Samuel Luiz in A Coruña (Spain) on the night of the Saturday 3rd of July 2021.
We stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community in Galicia and Samuel's family and friends and send them love to help them get through this terrible time.
We also condemn the media coverage and investigation of the case, for erasing both Samuel's and his friends' (Lina and Vanesa) sexuality and stating it is not a hate crime, claiming that, as the murderers didn't know the victim in advance, there was no pre-meditation.
When a fight starts directly with an insult to your sexual orientation there is no way you can argue that there was no prejudice, and an intention of intimidation of a community for their way of living.
Furthermore, the fight had been stopped and Samuel's attacker came back with friends to continue the assault. It is impossible to defend the position that there was no pre-meditation.
For us in Bi+ Ireland there is no doubt that this was a hate crime and a homophobic murder. One of the most horrific ones in Europe in our time, committed against a backdrop of growing right wing policies all over the continent.
This crime should be given the appropriate visibility and investigated properly.
There was definitely an intention of intimidation and we can only imagine how scared and hurt the Galician LGBTQ+ community must feel right now, and we are really inspired by the way they stand tall and keep protesting for the cause.
From Ireland, we stand with you.
All our respect and solidarity.
And all our love.
Rest in power, Samuel.
#JusticeForSamuel #JusticiaParaSamuel #XustizaParaSamuel
(For more about Samuel's murder you can read this following article: