On Tuesday, Jose Alfonso Aviles, 45, reportedly distraught over his daughter’s lesbian relationship, was arrested for killing his daughter’s girlfriend Norma Hurtado, 24, and her mother, 57-year-old Maria Hurtado.
Coleman said out of 1,800 hate crime cases in Texas, only six people have been prosecuted for it under the James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Act .
Meghan Stabler, a board member of the Human Rights Campaign in Austin, said Aviles should be prosecuted under hate crime laws. Gay rights groups Atticus Circle, Out Youth and Equality Texas agreed, the Austin American-Statesman reported.
Prosecutors said they must wait for the investigation to be complete before determining whether they can classify it as a hate crime.