Accompanied by their lawyer, four men turned themselves in to the Miami Beach Police today following their savage attack on a same-sex couple after Sunday's gay pride parade.
The victims, Rene Chalarca and his boyfriend Dmitry Logunov, were exiting a public restroom when they were attacked by the four assailants. Helmut Muller was passing by when the assault occurred and tried to break up the fight. After being hit by one of the attackers, Muller was knocked unconscious when his head hit the pavement. Chalarca told police one of the suspects used anti-LGBTQ slurs during the attack.
There is no indication yet if the assault will be prosecuted as a hate crime, but according to Logunov that appeared to be the motive.
We probably provoked them because we were walking together, holding hands. It was gay pride. South Beach was full of gay people.
Twitter was outraged by the unprovoked and cowardly attack.
the guy in the black is a coward. stood in the back and suckered punch twice. He needs his judgement day— J. Rooker (@j_Rooker) April 10, 2018
I hope they get jail time! Gay tourists should not be scared to come to our city!— Jose 🐻🌈 (@bearyJose) April 10, 2018
hope they catch those bastards and get jail time-long jail time for their hateful actions— Lee Reyes (@lee_andoy) April 10, 2018
And many wondered why people like the attackers still exist.
Wtf is wrong with people? These guys were just going on about their business hurting nobody. So sad.— Anthony Wright (@kingotnw) April 10, 2018
Jokes aside, this is not normal nor acceptable. Regardless of what their motives for this attack were.— jamz3243 (@jamz3243) April 10, 2018
Everyone deserves to be happy, we shouldn't try to take away their happiness via violence, threats, and even unjust laws.
Not to mention there was a Pride festival going on. If you can’t join the majority of the human race and be civil to one another regardless of our differences, stay the f*ck home.— mizemiz (@mizzemiz) April 10, 2018
On Tuesday, after a two day search, Miami Beach Police announced the four suspects had surrendered.
People were grateful they would be held accountable for their crimes.
Great work police!!! Now a hate crime conviction is required! Keep up the pressure— bgjr (@2miamimachos) April 10, 2018
Despite how far we've come, the attack shows how far we have to go and the importance of pride parades.
This is why we have pride parades. We will continue to have pride parades until the day something like this never happens again. It's 2018. Two men holding hands are viciously attacked and beaten.— EastCoast (@EastCoast_Dude1) April 10, 2018
H/T - HuffPost