MALDEF

Notes to the Ramirez Family

The following are notes sent from petition signers offering their condolences and messages of hope to the family of Luis Ramirez. If you wish leave a message for Luis's family, please click here.

I am so sorry for what happened to Luis and can't believe it happened in my own country. I know MALDEF and other groups are doing everything they can to bring this case to justice. It is my hope that Luis didn't die in vain and that we can stop this from happening to another person.

With sincere sympathy,

Mary
Brady, Texas

My heart goes out to you and yours during this incredibly difficult time. I hope that my support for you and for his cause will somehow bring hope and justice to the many immigrants who are being brutalized within our nation's walls.

Please know that there are those of us who will not rest until the rights of immigrants and Latinos are heard and respected.

Sincerely,

Kathryn
Seattle, Washington

Les quiero dar mi muy sincero pésame en la pérdida de su querido hijo, hermano, y amigo. Una trajedia tan grande es un dolor muy fuerte para una familia que mucho se quiere. Espero que sepan que hay muchos quienes estan orando por ustedes para que Dios les de valor para continuar en esta vida tan dolorosa y la fé sabiendo que su hijo y hermano está en las dulce manos de Dios.

Lilia
Santa Ana, California

Por favor acepten mis sentimientos de condolencia. El consuelo llegara cuando la justicia sea igual para todos.

Hipolito
Redland, Maryland

I am so very very sorry for your tremendous and difficult loss. I know that nothing I can say can even begin to assuage the pain and sadness you have, but I want you to know that there are many many good people out there who deplore what happened to Luis.

I think it is important to recognize that it is truly violence,hatred, and intoerance that are our common enemies. We live in an culture and society where fighting and war are aggrandized and publicized and given tacit approval throughout our respective cultures. It is still considered "manly" or "macho" in almost any country to fight and beat up someone... I do not agree. I also don't think war is good for anyone. I think we must ALL work to stop this image and innate approval. fighting and viloence are NOT "okay" and they shoudl NOT be encouraged, or made easy, or given publicity or held up as examples of acceptable behavior.

I pray for you and for humanity, and I promise I will be a force for postivity and good in my life.

Be at peace and know that you are loved.

Hans
Santa Rosa, California

I'm very sorry for your loss. As a Mexican male, I know the burden of race and color in this country. Even though I was born and raised here, I feel the sting of the constant reminders of my place in society and the unjust perceptions and attitudes towards me. Lo siento mucho que Luis junto con ustedes tuvieron que pagar ese ultimo precio. Espero que tengan fuerza para luchar en sus vidas para sobrevivir esto y para ganar por lo menos un poco de progreso en avanzar nuestra batalla contra el racismo.

Juan
Garden City, Idaho

This story broke my heart. I can't think of the appropriate words. Maybe there are no adequate words. Please know that I am hoping for eventual peace for you and for the imposition of whatever it takes for his assailants to understand at the deepest part of their soul exactly what they have done.

Barbara
Columbus, Ohio

It is so painful to read what happened to Luis. It hurts to know that in this country, hate and violence aimed at Mexicans still exists. My father is a second generation Mexican American. Most of his aunts and uncles were born in Toreon, Mexico. I think of the hardship and hatred that must have been present so many years ago, and cringe knowing it still exists. Please know that not all Americans, Mexican or otherwise, have anger in their hearts towards any group of people.

I hope your family can find peace and perhaps eventually forgiveness towards the country that your family member was in when his life was taken. You and yours and in my prayers.

DeeDee
San Antonio, Texas

God bless you and your family.

Fernando
Lancaster, Texas

I extend my deepest sympathies to you for your loss. I am so sorry that Luis came to the United States with so much hope and ambition, only to meet with such an untimely, brutal, and inexcusable death. Please know that there are Americans who deeply appreciate the contributions that natives of the country of Mexico have made - and are still making - to the benefit of this land.

Please accept my condolences as I extend the hand of friendship in your time of sorrow.

Cynthia
Filmore, California

I am very sorry to hear what your son and his family has gone through. It is hoped that new laws are enacted to deal effectively with those people who have perpetrated such a violent crime. Lo siento mucho!

Tom
San Diego, California

Desde Puerto Rico nuestras condolencias por la perdida de Luis. Que la luz ilumine su camino así como el nuestro en la defensa de la justicia y la defensa de nuestros hijos e hijas.

María
Puerto Rico,

I send to you my condolences upon the tragic loss of your brother, son, and grandson. As a person who was born and raised primarily in Pennsylvania, it is precislely these incidents that make me ashamed. Fortunately for me, my experiences have led me to be a place of greater understanding and compassion.

My grandfather on my father's side actually was born in Guanajuato in 1892. Although I have never established a relationship with my father, I dream of someday visiting Guanajuato to learn more about my ancestry.

To lose a loved one like this is a travesty. May God comfort you and provide some peace as you cope with your loss.

Sincerely,

Ed
State College, Pennsylvania

Querida familia Ramirez les ofresco mis mas sinceras condolencias por la perdida de su hijo Luis Ramirez. Como inmigrante entiendo la lucha que Luis enfrento no solo economicamente pero tambien emocionalmente. Luis respeto a un pais con leyes, personas, costumbres y culturas diferentes. Yo considero a Estados Unidos como un rompecabeza cada persona/cultra es una parte importante que completa un pais. Lamentablemente tenemos algunas personas que su mentalidad es tan cerrada que no saben apreciar el lenguaje y la cultura diferente a las de ellos. Siento mucha lastima por estas personas. Ustedes reciban mi mas profundo respeto nosotros lucharemos porque se haga justicia a nombre de Luis Ramirez.

Sinceramente

Laura
Los Angles, California

I am with you.

Keep being brave, and truth and justice will prevail.

Jean-Luc
New York, NY

I have read several accounts of the story of what happened to Luis and of the trial that didn't provide justice. I'm not a member of any ethnic minority group. I belong to the same general ethnic groups as his killers. The outcome of the trial is a disgrace and feel a great deal of shame for my own ethnic identity that this happened, both the murder and the trial. I've been very privileged all my life to have Hispanics, African-Americans, Native Americans, and others as my closest friends and associates. As a result, any instance of prejudice and hate feels personals to me, too -- and I am well aware of who the most frequent perpetrators are. I'm happy that we have come a long way in our society in eradicating this sort of thing, but I'm both enraged and disconsolate that we still have so far to go. What happened to Luis saddens and horrifies me terribly -- I can't imagine the pain that you are going through. I offer what small sympathy and condolences I can, but know nothing can truly relieve the grief that you have.

Barbara
San Antonio, Texas

Yo se que no hay palabras que pueden curar lo que sienten. Pero quiero dejarles saber que le pido a Dios por justicia y porque les de las fuerzas que necesitan para salir adelante. Siento mucho su perdida y todavia mas porque se que fue de la manera mas injusta posible. Que Dios los bendiga, besos, abrazos y bendiciones para ustedes y toda su familia.

Marjorie
San Mateo, California

I am deeply sorry for the loss of Luis. May he rest in peace. May God help you in finding internal peace to cope with this tragedy.

Never give up on fighting for this injustice. Sooner or later, this crime will come to an end.

Sincerely,

Maria
Brownsville, Texas

Honestamente y con todo mi corazon les deseo una pronta resignacion a tan grande perdida y espero que Dios y las leyes del hombre hagan Justicia, que ahora en estos tiempos ya lo unico que nos queda es la Justicia Divina pues para nosotros los pobres no hay Justicia del hombre, solamente que si cometemos algun delito por pequeno que sea entonces si nos aplican todo el peso de la ley, ha pero que no sea un millonario el que cometa algun delito pues a ellos solamente les dicen no lo vuelvas a hacer y ya. Espero que se haga Justicia y que pronto paguen los culpables por tan cruel crimen.

Que Dios Los Bendiga.

Carmen
El Paso, Texas

Escribo esta carta porque, como sacerdote católico, he conocido a nuchos jóvenes que han venido a este país en busca de una vida mejor y mueren víctimas de racistas. No todos los norteamericanos y yo - como uno de ellos - sigue trabajando para pedir justicia cuando hay un crimen y militar por una reforma de las leyes migratorias para respetar a los millones de personas que vienen de México y otras partes para enriquecer nuestra nación con su presencia.

Que el espíritu de Luis no muera nunca y que Dios lo tenga eternamente en su Reino.

Padre Ricardo
St. Louis, Missouri

How heartbreaking it must be for you all to re-live the nature and cause of Luis' death.

I am writing that you may know thousands, perhaps millions of Americans like myself are deeply saddened and outraged justice has not yet been meted out through the courts. And so, I've added my name to the list of petioners whose mounting numbers might persuade the DOJ, to revisit this outrageous verdict.

In the meantime, may you discover strength and courage to carry on Luis' name with dignity as you witness the outpouring of love in action, and righteous indignation from Americans and people all over the world as we hear about Luis and his family.

Blessings to you all

Tana
New York, New York

While you may not know anything about me or my family, you should know that we are just one of thousands in this country who are deeply saddened and outraged by your loss. Please know that there are many of us who are fighting against the continued oppression of our community and that we will do so in a spirit that bears witness to the justice that both Luis and your family deserve.

En solidaridad,

Marisol
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

I'm sorry this has happened. We are reminded far too often of the disgusting racism still prevalent in some areas of the country. My family and I send our sincere condolences and continue to tell people about this story in hopes of providing a bigger push for justice to be rightly served. We are following this story intently and hope for the very best outcome. Nothing can bring back your husband, father, or son from this tragedy; nevertheless, his voice and his story shall be heard. People around the country are listening.

Sincerely,

Pedro
San Antonio, Texas

Deseo mandarles mi péna por haber perdido ha una buena persona como Luis. No hay otra trajieda como el sufrimiento que ustedes estan pasando y no hay palabras que puenden disminuir el dolor que estan viviendo.

Mi familia tambien venimos de Guanajuato por el sueno Americano. Es una lastima que toda via hay gente en los Estados Unidos que no se dan de saber que America no solamente es blanca, si no una mescla de raises. Espero que juntos cambiaramos estos mal sentidos.

No tengo mucho para alludarles, pero estoy despuesto ha mandarles lo que pueda.

Sinceramente,

Lalo
South Gate, California

I know the pain of losing a beloved son, brother, nephew and loved one who had such great potential. May your pain be alleviated and may you achieve a sense of peace. Your memories will sustain you and this senseless death may bring about some sanity to the world in some way.

I have lost a son so I feel for you.

Mollie
Tarzana, California

I would like to extend my deepest condolences to you (Ramirez Family), no words can be expressed... that can bring pieace to your heart. It breaks my heart that people can take a human life without thinking twice about it or to ever think it important that this person had a family, had kids, maybe had a great sence of humor or was special in some way. My only hope is that this heinous crime is given the importance by DOJ as if it were one of their own family members.

May God be with you throughout this difficult journey.

Pilar
Queen Creek, Arizona

Mi nombre es Yaya y vivo en Tucson, Arizona. Quiero tomar este momento para decirles a ustedes como famila de Luis que siento mucho su perdida. No conoci a Luis personalmente pero definitivamente que pude identificarme con su lucha para tener una vida mejor y ayudar a su familia. Pues esa es la historia de muchos de mis familiares que tambien vinieron a este pais para encontrar mejores oportunidades. Al igual, ai millones de otras personas que no son mis familiares de sangre pero si de historia y por los quienes tengo mucho respeto. No es una vida facil la de migrante.

Yo tengo mucha admiracion por ustedes porque aun con todo el sufrimiento que me imagino que estan pasando, no dejan que lo sucedido se pierda en el olvido. Y la verdad que bueno, porque tienen el apoyo de muchas personas. Esto no es en vano. Por ahora es el unico consuelo que vemos. Que podamos cambiar los corazones de la gente al igual que las leyes para protejer mejor a poblaciones que simplemente quieren una vida mejor.

No tomo mas de su tiempo. Simplemente termino con decir que estamos juntos en esto, no estan solos, especialmente usted, Sra. Zavala.

Con respeto y solidaridad,

Yaya
Tucson, Arizona

I don't know really how to convey how very sorry I am for the death of Luis Ramirez. This is a true tragedy, and an outrage. Justice didn't serve. I am on the west coast, but the news of his beating and death made me very angry and sad, and I've been following his story and case carefully, hoping to see Justice prevail. It hasn't, and I feel ashamed for my fellow countrymen who've murdered him and disregarded his value as a human being. I am ashamed that there are Americans who feel that some people deserve this treatment. I will not forget this injustice and hope that things will be righted soon. I hope that knowing there are many like me who feel the same way can be a source of comfort for you.

Dave
Seattle, Washington

May God comfort and strengthen you in this hour of darkness. I am, along with thousands and thousands of others doing what I can to fight bigotry and hatred.

I am an African American and I know what it is like to belong to a group that has been scapegoated and mistreated just because of their race/color. I have watched this going on all my life and I certainly recognized it when the rhetoric on imigration started to warm up in this country a few year back on hate radio talk shows. Unfortunately there are some hopelessly ignorant people running around on the loose looking for someone to blame for their troubles. I think many people are looking at this case and there is going to be a real outcry from the public because we know that what happened to Luis is not right and the perpetrators should be held accountable.

God Bless You,

Mary
Oakland, California

Your story breaks my heart. Although I am not a Latina, I don't understand the prejudice against immigrants any better than you do. I can only hope that your family's loss will bring some attention to the hate crimes in your community and in so many other places and will lead to a change for the better. That will still not be justice or make your sorrow any less, I know. But you should at least know that right now many outside the immigrant community care about what is happening to you and other immigrants, legal or not, and are ashamed of the way you are being treated. We hope that it will not be long before things improve, and the Latino community iwill be appreciated for all the contributions it is making to this country.

Barbara
Burlington, Wisconsin

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