STATEMENT BY NORMAN BRISTOL COLON

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					                            Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
                    Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs
                               Edward G. Rendell, Governor
                         Norman Bristol Colón, Executive Director




           STATEMENT BY NORMAN BRISTOL COLON
                                  Executive Director
                   Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs



The Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs expresses its sympathy to the
family of Luis Ramirez, a 25-year-old father of three with Mexican roots who died
on July 14 from injuries suffered in an allegedly racially motivated incident in
Shenandoah, PA.

According to eyewitness reports, the victim’s ethnicity was a factor at the time of this
incident. Mr. Ramirez’s status in this country is not, and should not be, viewed or treated
as grounds for individuals to commit such a disreputable, unacceptable and intolerable
act and this homicide should be punishable with the harshest penalties imposed by our
laws as a land of justice.

We are deeply saddened by this incident and ask for law enforcement officials and
institutions to conduct a thorough investigation of this case and to bring to justice all
those who committed this terrible act. We ask local public officials to treat this case with
civility and help us in establishing a common goal of bringing the community together to
a healing and restorative process.

We will continue our collaborative efforts with the Pennsylvania Human Relations
Commission, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, the Puerto
Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, and the Pennsylvania Statewide Latino
Coalition in minimizing the possibility of community tension. The Pennsylvania Human
Relations Act states that all residents of the commonwealth should be free from unlawful
discrimination irrespective of their race, national origin, ancestry, sex, disability,
religious creed or other protected classification. We believe in our commonwealth’s
justice institutions and in our resolve to reach a conclusion based on the highest standards
of the law.

				
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