Luis Ramirez, a 25-year old father of three, was beaten to death by a group of youth from Shenandoah, Pennsylvania, a town of about 5,000 approximately 80 miles northwest of Philadelphia. The Schuylkill County’s coroner has ruled the death a homicide. Witnesses of the beating say that the attack was racially motivated. No arrests have been made thus far.
Ramirez was just walking home last Saturday night when he was attacked and passed away on Monday from his injuries. He leaves behind three children and a fiancee, Crystal Dillman.
Although Ramirez was an undocumented immigrant, all evidence suggests that he was only working here in the U.S. to support his family. He intended to return to Mexico with Dillman and the children to purchase and run a business currently owned by his aunt.
As this opinion piece from the Republican Herald points out, “Nationality, ethnicity, color, religion or legal/illegal immigration status aside, no human being simply walking down a street deserves to be beaten to death.”
We have witnessed some horrific tragedies related to immigration over the past year in the United States, including the death of an undocumented pregnant teen working in the fields, how many more people will die before the Latino leaders in the U.S. start rallying and mobilizing to take swift action against these crimes? These deaths should be prompting our leaders to ask tough questions like the ones offered by The Sanctuary bloggers. And those of us who are concerned about these incidents should be screaming at the top of our lungs to publicize these deaths. It is my hope that those of you who are reading this blog feel compelled enough to take an activist step forward and contact the Congressional Hispanic Caucus during the next few days and express your feelings about what is happening on the streets and in the fields.
And for the family and friends of Luis Ramirez, I offer my deepest condolences. I’m ashamed that we are allowing this kind of inhumane and barbaric treatment of our fellow man within our borders. Luis, vaya… descanse en paz.
Photo Credit: WNEP-TV, “The Ramirez family hopes this photo of Luis in the hospital will remind those responsible for putting him there about what they did.”