Gay paramedic dies after being burnt alive in horrific ‘homophobic attack’

A paramedic was doused in flammable fuel and set ablaze in an alleged homophobic arson attack.

Normunds Kindzulis, 29, died after suffering horrific burns to 85% of his body at home in Latvia on April 23.

Another gay man came out of the fire with burns as he rushed to Normunds' aid, in what campaigners are urging the police to consider a homophobic hate crime.

Pink News reports the 29-year-old was taken to a hospital for treatment in Latvia's capital city of Riga, only for the European Pride Organisers Association to confirm on Wednesday that Kindzulis had since passed away.

The group wrote on Twitter: "Normunds Kindzulis, a victim of the homophobic arson attack in Latvia last week, has succumbed to his injuries. Our deepest condolences to his partner and family, and to all our community in Latvia."

Local police initially refused to open an investigation, according to Euractiv – which added that the authorities have not ruled out Kindzulis taking his own life.

Officer Andrejs Grishins said on Thursday: “Bringing someone to the brink of suicide is also a crime.”

Kindzulis had reportedly faced homophobic death threats in Riga before seeking refuge in the quiet town of Tukums, where he was physically assaulted at least four times.

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The second victim in the arson attack told Tukums Independent News that the pair had reported a neighbour to the authorities for threatening and jeering at them in the five-story building they lived in.

He said: “We reported these threats to both the police and the neighbour’s workplace, but there was no reaction.

“We had to wait for someone to be mutilated or killed.”

In response to the incident, Latvia's president Egils Levits tweeted that “there is no place for hate in Latvia”.

Critics point out the EU nation recently passed legislation which defines family as exclusively the “union of a male and female person”.

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