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Gay couple attacked during Miami Beach Gay Pride

Four men are wanted in connection to an assault on a gay couple at Miami Beach Pride.
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Miami Beach Police

A couple attending Miami Beach Gay Pride on Sunday say they were attacked by a group of men because they are gay.

Rene Chalarca and Dmitry Logunov told police they were exiting a restroom when the men approached and began beating them. Another individual who was trying to help was also injured according to NBC 6

Police say the men were speaking in Spanish, using gay slurs during their attack. The victims began to run away but were chased by the suspects. Helmut Muller Estrada was the bystander who tried to stop the beating but was knocked to the ground.

A surveillance video has been released by the police department which shows the incident and the four suspects. 

"What you see on the video continues. And it continues once they are on the ground and they continue to be attacked and violently punched," said Ernesto Rodriguez of Miami Beach Police. 

Estrada was taken to the hospital for observation as a result of his injuries. 

"We probably provoked them because we were walking together, holding hands. It was gay pride, South Beach was full of gay people," said Logunov.

The assault happened as the couple was about to walk home after spending the day at the Miami Beach Gay Pride parade. 

"This was the first time that I go to this type of event, and of course it got me overwhelmed like, 'Why, why us? Why is this happening, especially here in Miami?" said Chalarca. 

Police have not yet determined whether the attack will be investigated as a hate crime. 

Police are now searching for the four men. Anyone with information about their identities are being asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.