Chilean Teen Loses Leg To Machete-Wielding Gang In Anti-Gay Attack

Esteban_Navarro_Foot_Leg_Machete_ChileOne Florida man is lucky to have his leg intact after being shot with a BB gun at a Pride event last week, but the outlook is grim for a Chilean teen who will lose his entire leg to amputation after being attacked by a machete-wielding gang just one week later.

Gay Star News reports that 19-year-old Esteban Navarro is struggling to stay alive after the attack that claimed his foot on June 23. The teen was allegedly targeted by a group of six men “holding knives, iron bars and machetes” and beaten while being called a “maricon,” or “faggot.”

Though the group didn’t directly dismember Navarro, his foot was immediately amputated upon arrival at the hospital, and he’ll undergo an additional 15-day surgery to amputate his entire leg in order to stay alive.

What is perhaps the most frustrating detail of the incident, according to openly gay Chilean LGBT activist Oscar Rementeria, is the silence of Chile’s police force. “A young man has lost his leg, and last May a trans girl lost an eye,” he said. “All the authorities have kept their silence on these two cases, which is reprehensible.”

A spokesperson for the Navarro family has also criticized police, telling local media outlets that “Esteban’s life has changed dramatically,” and “we hope the courts will punish those responsible with the full extent of the law.”

So far, no arrests have been made.

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  • Dakotahgeo

    It would be so sad if a number of Chilean policepersons lost their limbs in such attacks, boo hoooooo! I made a theft report to the Chilean police and I have never seen such inept idiots in my life! Maybe it is natural for cities to hire ignoramuses. The police were very, very nice to me, but alas, they were no earthly good to anyone! nice showmanship in the streets though! Classy a**holes!

  • Eric Auerbach

    @Dakotahgeo: Dumb.

    @2eo: Dumber.

  • Dakotahgeo

    @Eric Auerbach: Sober up and grow up before commenting on serious stories, please. Your remarks are not appreciated!

  • Dakotahgeo

    @2eo: ROFLMBO!!! Thank you so much 2eo!!! Truer words were never spoken. Emotionally challenged people like Auerbach don’t learn from the first run trials and tests, lolol. It takes multiple drills to make an impact. Your comment is truly classic! Kudos!

  • Jackhoffsky

    from the article “full leg surgery will take 15 days.”

    THAT SOUNDS BRUTAL. I cannot imagine the recovery from such. My heart goes out to him and his family. There is a lot of healing to do both physically and mentally.

  • Nyruinz

    There is not much you can do against several men wielding weapons, however gay men need to start learning how to defend themselves. If you notice these individuals prey on gay men who they think can not defend themselves. They are a bunch of cowards if you ask me.

  • Tackle

    I think the writer ment a 15 hour surgery as opposed to a 15 day surgery ti amputate the leg. My heart goes out to this kid. I wish him a speedy recovery. And people, seriously. This is one post that if you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say anything. Just pass it up.

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