May 11th, 2009
08:18 AM ET

Stand up for justice for immigrant

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/CRIME/05/01/pa.immigrant.beating/art.PA.jpg caption="Luis Ramirez died of blunt force injuries after a confrontation with a group of Pennsylvania teens."]

Gladys Limón
Special to CNN

On July 14, 2008, 25-year old Luis Ramirez, a father of two, died after being brutally beaten by a group of Shenandoah, Pennsylvania, high school football players who yelled racial epithets throughout the beating.

During the week of April 27, a Schuylkill County jury heard the criminal case against two of the four assailants, Brandon Piekarsky and Derrick Donchak, including charges of homicide, ethnic intimidation, aggravated assault and hindering prosecution. The jury heard overwhelming evidence describing how Ramirez was twice knocked to the ground, surrounded, kicked and stomped on by the football players.

According to witnesses, the attack ended after Piekarsky kicked Ramirez in the head as he lay still on the pavement, causing him to convulse and foam at the mouth. Medical experts testified that the kick to the head fractured Ramirez's skull and resulted in such extreme swelling of the brain that his skull could not contain it. Undisputed evidence explained that the assailants met on the following day to fabricate a cover-up story.

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  1. ronvan

    To kill another human being, whatever the circumstances, leaves you a changed person. It is a total failure of our justice system that these 4 thugs got away with murder. I hope their future holds absolutly nothing but suffering.

    May 11, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  2. GF, Los Angeles

    I have to disagree with you Gladys. Why you and many pro-illegals would rather claim it's "anti-Latino immigrant campaign" instead of what it really is – anti-illegals – astounds me. This country is sick and tired of ILLEGALS entering this country, stealing our identities to take our jobs, using our tax dollars to collect over $300 billon in social aid, medical aid and education since 1996 and marching in our streets every May 1 since 2006 DEMANDING to be given citizenship over and above everyone else. That is the issue and yes it does cause resentment and hostility towards illegals. Mr. Ramirez did not deserve to be beaten and killed but that's the price he paid for breaking our country's laws and entering this country illegally. Until this government protects our borders and fines employers of illegals – more violence like this will take place.

    May 11, 2009 at 3:14 pm |
  3. Jim

    You Forget the victim was an ILLEGAL immigrant- had he been where he belonged in his own country he would still be alive today. I have no problem with anyone that wants to come here legally,I DO have a problem with those who break our laws & are aided & abetted by other criminals that are citizens of this country & NOT ONE THING IS DONE TO THEM. I have one Question for you- What did the Victim do to tick off the Assailents to get beat to death in the first place?.I Challenge you to enter China, Saudi Arabia, Russia,Iran or any Country ILLEGALLY & see what happens to you. Resist arrest when you break the Law & see what happens to you. As I recall the Assailents were Aquited- after being tryed in a Court of Law by a Jury of their peers- Accept it.

    May 11, 2009 at 12:20 pm |
  4. Jeanette

    The fact that so many illegal immigrants have INVADED our country could have just a little bit to do with hatred for immigrants. I'm not saying its right but it is just a fact. Also, our citizens are disgusted that our government has done very little and waited until we were completely overrun with illegals to try unsuccessfully to do anything.

    I don't like to see anything like this happen, however it doesn't surprise me a bit. These criminals need to leave our country.

    May 11, 2009 at 11:49 am |
  5. Cindy

    It is sickening that these boys got off so easy when they killed a man. But according to the jury foreman himself there wasn't enough evidence presented to sway him from reasonable doubt. It seems to me that the prosecution failed in presenting their case. They should have put on a better case in which they humanized Ramirez and made the jurors feel for him. Obviously they didn't. The defense was just doing what they were paid to do.

    It is a shame that the boys got away with murder. They will pay in the end no matter what. Karma and God always gets the last laugh!


    May 11, 2009 at 11:02 am |
  6. Mike in NYC

    From the article: "The jury ... heard the defense attorneys characterize the defendants as 'boys' and 'kids.' "

    If the criminals behind the current wave of violence in Chicago can be described as "kids" and "children," then why not here?

    There is no wave of anti-Hispanic violence, just cases given heavy promotion by the MSM. Most interracial crimes are directed against Whites. How about researching how many of those are "hate" crimes?

    BTW, this article read just like an SPLC press release. Limón's been taking lessons from the best.

    May 11, 2009 at 10:51 am |