Officers identified the men as Luis M. Alonso, 20, and year-olds Juan C. He was hit by one of the attackers and knocked unconscious when he struck his head on the pavement. New: MiamiBeachPD releases photo of 4 people they say are on video attacking two gay men and a Good Samaritan after the pride parade. If you know them contact detectives. He and Lugonov had cuts and bruises on their faces and were treated by paramedics at the scene.
Suspects sought in alleged anti-gay attack at Miami Beach Pride Parade
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Florida police are looking for four men who allegedly hurled racial epithets at two gay men before beating them and a good Samaritan outside a public restroom during the Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade. The incident occurred at about p. Sunday as the alleged victims exited the public park restroom, police said, adding that the incident was captured on surveillance video and witnessed by several people. Rene Chalarka, 32, and Dimitry Lugunov, 31, told police they were embracing while they waited to use the restroom at the palm tree-lined Lummus Park when a man called out to them with an offensive word in Spanish for homosexuals, according to a Miami Beach Police Department report. After hearing the epithet, Chalarka said, he saw a man strike and knock his friend to the ground as "other people came and started hitting. The initial suspect, seen in the surveillance footage without a shirt and wearing a dark-colored swimsuit, allegedly "yelled at [Lugunov]," using the slur "before hitting him several times," according to the police report. Three other men -- one in a blue T-shirt, another wearing a white T-shirt and red shorts, and another wearing a gray T-shirt -- dropped what they were holding and punched the alleged victims, including the good Samaritan, authorities said.
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The event, which runs all week until April 8, , is celebrating its 10th anniversary in the city, with several events throughout each day to celebrate gay pride. Buildings throughout Miami-Dade County will light up in rainbow flag colors to show their solidarity—these include the Freedom Tower, Lincoln Road Mall, and many others. Pulse Nightclub survivor Laura Vargas will have the honor of flipping the switch to illuminate Lincoln Road in rainbow colors. The celebration will take place on Tuesday, April 3rd from 6 pm to 9 pm at the Shore Club.