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Four men charged with hate crime in Miami Beach Pride attack

The four assailants are charged with hate crimes in Miami Pride attack.
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The four men who attacked a gay couple during Miami Gay Pride in early April were dealt a heavy blow on Thursday; they face hate crime charges reports The Miami Herald.

The charge is aggravated battery with prejudice and that comes with a potential 30-year prison sentence if convicted. This is in accordance to Florida's hate-crime enhancement law.

Rene Chalarca and Dmitry Logunov were coming out of restrooms in Miami on April 8 when the four assailants, Pablo Reinaldo Romo-Figueroa, 21, Luis Alonso-Piovet, 20, Juan C. Lopez, 21, and Adonis Diaz, 21, approached them and began to beat them up.

Chalarca and Logunov say the group targeted them because of their sexual orientation. Another man, Muller Estrada was slightly injured after he stepped in to help the victims during the attack.

Initially, the perpetrators fled on foot, but video surveillance cameras revealed their identities and the story went viral. Two days later the men turned themselves in.