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Peruvian father accused of setting son on fire because he is gay, HIV+

Thursday, April 18, 2013

A Peruvian father faces allegations of setting his 22-year-old son on fire after learning he is gay and HIV positive.

Hitler Baneo Núñez, 49, allegedly tried to burn his son — identified in reports as Roberto — after becoming tired of jokes about his son’s sexual orientation, reports the Peruvian daily newspaper La Región.

Robertovia: La Región

La Region reported that Nuñez attacked Roberto because he “could not bear being a laughing stock after they learned his son had homosexual inclinations.”

Roberto suffered burns to his face, arms and parts of his legs before neighbors fought to extinguish the fire. It was also reported that he was suffering from tuberculosis.

“My dad wanted to kill me because of those illnesses,” the victim is quoted in reports as saying. “Unfortunately, my father doesn’t accept me as I am.”

LGBT organization Comunidad Homosexual de la Región Loreto (CHERL), says the case needs to be treated as a human rights violation and not just an assault.

“We hope that this complaint … will be treated seriously by the authorities and that it can generate a change and call attention of the public to the homophobia that lives inside the home and is growing in society towards gay, lesbians, bisexuals, and trans people in the Loreto region,” the group said, in a statement to BuzzFeed.

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25 more reader comments:

  1. Hitler….hmmm ok. It is so sad that people are determined to keep face even at the expense of their own loved ones. ..

    Posted on Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 12:08pm
  2. An eye for an eye set him on fire in themarket square.

    Posted on Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 12:18pm
  3. Truly saddening.

    Posted on Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 12:20pm
  4. this is awful sick and disgusting for any parent to do anything like this for any reason whatsoever :(

    Posted on Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 12:31pm
  5. :(

    Posted on Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 12:54pm
  6. thats sick

    Posted on Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 1:00pm
  7. …….. gross

    Posted on Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 1:30pm
  8. While he deserves it, I don’t believe in returning violence with violence–no problem with throwing him in jail for life or letting the state execute him after a trial. Really, really Horrible.

    Posted on Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 2:42pm
  9. wtf…. Im confused as to how someone can do such an atrocity because of his sexual preference…

    Posted on Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 3:33pm
  10. OMFG!!??¿?

    Posted on Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 6:38pm
  11. heartbreaking.

    Posted on Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 9:27pm
  12. oh my god…

    Posted on Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 9:27pm
  13. WTH!!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 9:28pm
  14. incredible

    Posted on Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 9:28pm
  15. I would welcome my Peruvian brother into my home with open arms. I lived in Peru 2 years.

    Posted on Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 9:31pm
  16. Yes, I posted this earlier and was shocked…but with a first name like his dad’s, are we surprised?

    Posted on Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 9:32pm
  17. omg i didn’t even notice that!

    Posted on Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 9:33pm
  18. Sick bastard.

    Posted on Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 9:43pm
  19. I say to this Teen, run away now while you can. Get away from this Bastard. Obviously he doesn’t seem to love you enough to except you for who u are. Your better off somewhere else away from this Crazy Nut.

    Posted on Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 9:52pm
  20. The inmates would give him a nice taste of hell. Most inmates don’t take well to child abusers.

    Posted on Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 9:56pm
  21. OMG, wow and I thought being disowned by my mother was horrible, that’s nothing compare to what this ‘so call father’ did to his son.

    Posted on Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 9:56pm
  22. What does the name have to do with it? Horrible thing.

    Posted on Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 9:59pm
  23. Horrible

    Posted on Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 10:01pm
  24. *sigh*

    Posted on Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 10:02pm
  25. Talk about burning your bridges. This man is dangerous. He would do something like that to anyone.

    Posted on Friday, April 19, 2013 at 3:04am