Miami Beach Gay Pride (MBGP) celebrated its 10th anniversary this past week, all leading up to their bustling Pride Parade and Beach Festival on Sunday, April 8, 2018.
The day was beautiful with a touch of rain that fortunately didn’t put a damper on anyone’s parade. But while the rain didn’t damper party-goers’ moods the information to hit them the following day did.
It was reported that two gay men, couple Rene Chalarca and Dmitry Logunov, were attacked by a group of four men the day of the pride parade during broad daylight. The two victims were hurt very badly along with an innocent bystander, Helmut Muller Estrada, who jumped into the bashing with the hope to help the two gentlemen out.
As reported by NBCMIAMI.com 6pride, one of the victims stated, “‘We probably provoked them because we were walking together, holding hands. It was gay pride, South Beach was full of gay people,’ said Logunov.”
The whole incident was caught on camera, which was able to clearly show the perpetrators of the gay bashing. Immediately after the victims reported the incident to the police many media stations posted the video and requested that anyone with information on the assailants come forth.
By 5:30pm on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, the Miami Beach Police reported that the four men, Luis M. Alonso; 20, and 21-year-olds; Juan C. Lopez, Adonis Diaz, and Pablo Reinaldo Romo, turned themselves into the authorities through their attorney.
Each one of the four men bailed out of jail with aggravated battery charges. However, those aggravated battery charges aren’t enough for the LGBT community who are adamant that the four men should be charged with a hate crime.
As reported by NBCMIAMI.com, while the four men were attacking the gay couple on the 500 block of Lummus Park off of Ocean Drive they were repeatedly hurling gay slurs at the two men in Spanish. To add insult to injury NBCMIAMI.com caught the four men smiling and laughing while confined behind bars waiting to be processed for their crime.
Watch the NBCMIAMI.com videos below.