Thousands of people have taken to the streets of Spain to protest the death of Samuel Luiz, a 24-year-old gay man that was brutally murdered as the result of a hate crime.

Apparently, Luiz was outside a nightclub on Saturday morning when an argument began.

Luiz’ friends state that he went outside to make a video call when two passersby accused him of videoing them. Despite his explanation, Luiz was attacked by one of the men and left bruised. That man returned five minutes later with twelve other men and savagely beat him unconscious.

The attack has spurred fear and horror across Spain, prompting demonstrations in A Coruña, Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Salamanca, Bilbao and Zaragoza.

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“I’m confident that the police investigation will soon find those who murdered Samuel and shed light on what happened,” Spain’s Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez tweeted on Monday. “It was a savage and merciless act. We will not take a step backwards when it comes to rights and freedoms and Spain will not tolerate this.”

Despite the fact, it’s reported the men yelled “disgusting faggot” as they kicked his head in, police are still investigating as to whether the attack was homophobically motivated.

No arrests have been made, but 15 people have made statements.

Do you know what would’ve been great? If those 15 people have done something while that poor kid was being beaten to death. I understand that it would be scary to witness, but personally, I couldn’t just stand there and watch someone be murdered.

Rest in peace, Samuel.