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Vol. 72/No. 31      August 4, 2008

Three arrested in beating death
of immigrant in Pennsylvania
PHILADELPHIA—Three teenage youths have been arrested and charged with the fatal beating of Luis Ramírez, a 25-year-old worker originally from Mexico. Ramírez died from severe head injuries July 14 after he was attacked in the town of Shenandoah, Pennsylvania, two days earlier.

Two of the suspects, ages 16 and 17, were charged as adults with homicide, the third with aggravated assault. All three face charges of ethnic intimidation.

Ramírez lived in the United States for six years and worked in a dehydrated potato products factory and in the fields picking strawberries and cherries.

Crystal Dillman, the 24-year-old fiancée of Ramírez, told the Militant that the youths shouted racist slurs during the attack. Ramírez called friends for help. When the cops arrived they handcuffed one of his friends and searched another, said Dillman.

Shenandoah is located in the anthracite coal region 17 miles south of Hazleton, where an anti-immigrant ordinance was passed in 2006 by the city council and declared unconstitutional in 2007. The Shenandoah borough council passed an ordinance in 2006 making English the official language.
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