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.