SHENANDOAH — A 25-year-old father of three with roots in Mexico died Monday morning from injuries he suffered in an altercation near Vine Street Park on Saturday night, an incident some say was racially motivated.
Eileen Burke, a retired Philadelphia police officer who lives near the scene, said about the time of the beating she heard someone shouting “You tell all your Mexican friends to get out of town.”
“We saw a bunch of kids walking away and screaming things like ... ‘Go back to Mexico.’ We called the police,” said Arielle Garcia, 17, a friend of Ramirez who was at the scene.
Police said they are not commenting on the assailants’ motivation until interviews are complete.
“(Residents) constantly yelled at people as they walked down the street,” Dillman said. Dillman, 24, said that even in the three years she had been engaged to Ramirez, tensions had increased.http://www.republicanherald.com/articles/2008/07/17/news/local_news/pr_republican.20080717.a.pg1.pr17homicide_s1.1815854_top2.txt
“If that was a Latino or an African-American person who did that to a Caucasian, would they be standing?” Baker asked O’Neill.
“The law is blind, if they are guilty of an offense, charges will be filed,” O’Neill said.
Baker then said there were several incidents in the borough where he believes nothing was done because the victim was Hispanic.
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