Child ‘killed for being gay’ had his head smashed into a wall hundreds of times

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An eight-year-old allegedly killed by his mother’s boyfriend because he thought the boy was gay had his head smashed into a wall hundreds of times, a court has heard.

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.

Last week, Gabriel’s teenage siblings Ezequiel and Virginia caused jurors to sob uncontrollably as they described horrific torture.


They told jurors that their brother was forced to eat 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.

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Gabriel Fernandez (KTLA)

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, the teenager added.

Gabriel Fernandez (abc7)
Gabriel Fernandez (abc7)

Yesterday, criminal specialists and investigators took the stand to give their horrifying testimony, LGBTQ Nation has reported.

Tiffany Shew, a Senior Criminalist with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, showed the jury shocking photos of the flat in which Aguirre, Hernandez and the children lived.

Hundreds of blood stains and indentations were found on the walls, with a horrific origin.

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