Alireza Fazeli Monfared, a 20 year old Iranian youth, was beheaded by his brother and cousins because of his sexual orientation.
His brutal murder was considered by his family to be an honour killing.
2-Alireza was killed by being beheaded by his family. After beheading him, the family dumped this poor man's body under a tree outside of the city of Ahwaz. Alireza was about to flee Iran to join his boyfriend, who's a refugee waiting for him in Turkey. #علیرضا_فاضلی_منفرد pic.twitter.com/QMqAoINHIm— Masih Alinejad 🏳️ (@AlinejadMasih) May 8, 2021
At around 7pm on Tuesday evening, the day of his murder, Alireza spoke to his mother on the phone for the last time.
Alireza had been planning to flee Iran and join his boyfriend as a refugee in Turkey before his death. His partner, activist Aghil Bayat, told Iranian LGBT+ network 6rang that the killers called Alireza’s mother directly after the murder and told her where to find his body.
Rest in power, Alireza.