Siblings say their eight-year-old brother ‘killed for acting gay’ was made to eat his own vomit

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An eight-year-old allegedly killed by his mother’s boyfriend because he thought the boy was gay was made to throw up and then eat it the vomit, his siblings have told the court.

Isauro Aguirre made Gabriel Fernandez wear stereotypically female clothes to school before using torture methods to kill him, including beating, whipping and starving him, the prosecution has said.

And now, Gabriel’s siblings, who were 11 and 12 at the time of the death, have testified against Aguirre, leaving many in the courtroom – including members of the jury – in tears.


They told jurors that their brother was forced to eat cat faeces, food that had gone off, and – when he threw up from eating these items – his own vomit.

He was also beaten daily, pepper sprayed and bound and forced into a tiny cubby for long periods, they said.

Ezequiel, who is now 16, said Aguirre shot Gabriel with a BB gun in the face and groin and beat him using wire hangers and a belt buckle.

The accused also pinned Gabriel against the wall by the neck until he lost consciousness, he added.

“My mom and her boyfriend made Gabriel eat spoiled stuff or expired stuff,” said Ezequiel.

Isauro Aguirre (KTLA)
Isauro Aguirre (KTLA)

“One thing I remember is expired spinach. He threw it up, and they made him eat it off the table,” he told the court, according to WLS-TV.

The prosecutor clarified the point, asking: “Did the defendant make Gabriel eat throw up?”

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