SHENANDOAH (AP) -- About 150 people gathered Tuesday evening for a candlelight vigil that featured impassioned calls for racial unity two weeks after the beating death of a Mexican immigrant.
The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund held the memorial for 25-year-old Luis Eduardo Ramirez Zavala. The victim, who was in the country illegally, died July 14, two days after the assault.
Resident Lou Ann Pleva said she wanted to offer Hispanics "an official welcome to this town."
Jose Perez shouted from the crowd that Pleva was "the only one." He later said he has lived in Shenandoah for seven years but has not felt included by white residents of the small Pennsylvania coal town.
Three teenagers were charged Friday in the death of the farmhand and factory worker.
Brandon J. Piekarsky, 16, and Colin J. Walsh, 17, were charged as adults with homicide and ethnic intimidation. Derrick M. Donchak, 18, was charged with aggravated assault and ethnic intimidation. More charges are expected in the case.