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Teens charged in immigrant's death

July 26, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Three white teenagers were charged in what officials said was an epithet-filled fatal beating of an illegal Mexican immigrant in a small coal town.

Brandon J. Piekarsky, 16, and Colin J. Walsh, 17, were charged as adults with homicide and ethnic intimidation in the July 12 attack on Luis Ramirez. A third teen, Derrick M. Donchak, 18, was charged with aggravated assault, ethnic intimidation and other offenses. All are from Shenandoah, where the attack occurred.

The case has roiled Shenandoah, a small, economically depressed town where police have reported friction between whites and a growing Latino population.

Piekarsky and Walsh were being held without bail; Donchak was held on $75,000 bail.

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