Today three white teenagers have been charged in the beating death of Luis Ramirez. Brandon Piekarsky, 16, and Colin Walsh, 17, were charged with charged with homicide as adults and ethnic intimidation, and Derrick Donchak, 18, was charged with aggravated assault and ethnic intimidation. Piekarsky and Walsh are being held in the county jail without bail, and Donchak was held in lieu of a $75,000 bond.
District Attorney Jim Goodman said, “Hopefully we can move forward and ease some of the racial tensions that’s occurred in the borough of Shenandoah and throughout Schuylkill County as a result of this incident.”
Preliminary hearings for this case are scheduled for August 4.
We’ll be watching this case closely to see what develops. I’m hopeful that there will be justice for Luis. Yesterday Arielle Garcia, a friend of Luis Ramirez, spoke to Amy Goodman on Democracy Now! You can read the transcript here. It is pretty disturbing to read about the small-minded hatred brewing in Shenandoah, PA.
Photo Credit: Crystal Dillman/AP, undated photo of Luis and his son Eduardo