A Small Immigrant Town Simmers in the Wake Of a Brutal Murder
By David Montgomery
September 2, 2008
Some excerpts :
Then Scully hollered: "This is Shenandoah!" "This is America!" "Go back to Mexico!"
Brandon Piekarsky, 16, a wide receiver and honors student, started exchanging punches with Ramirez. Then Derrick Donchak, 18, the quarterback who graduated last spring, joined in.
Ramirez fell and Donchak landed on top of him. A group of three players stood around Ramirez, kicking him.
Ramirez got to his feet. There was a confusing "rumble" with punches flying, Lawson testified. The end came when Ramirez had his attention on Donchak, when Colin Walsh, 17, a linebacker and straight-A student, landed a surprise blow to his face. Ramirez went down hard, his head thumping on the pavement. While he was down, Piekarsky kicked him near the left temple.
Ramirez, unconscious, started foaming at the mouth and "bouncing off the road" with violent convulsions, testified Eileen Burke, a retired Philadelphia police officer who had come outside her house at the sound of the commotion.
The young men's attorneys challenge the credibility of witnesses and their ability to pinpoint who said what and who landed which blows. They also argue that Ramirez was an aggressor who kept the fight going longer than it might have lasted.