Justice for Salvador Zepeda! No More Stolen Lives!
For immediate release: Contact (Eng./Spanish):
February 21, 2009 Allegra Padilla 323.369.9662
**For Immediate Release: Vigil Today for Salvador Zepeda Alarcon, 18 year old murdered by Sheriffs in East Los Angeles 5pm-7pm**
On November 30th Salvador Zepeda was murdered by the Sheriffs in East Los Angeles in cold blood a block away from his home. He was coming from a party, and his neighbors witnessed the police kill him and then plant a gun on him. He was only 18 years old, and his family is fighting for justice. The East Los Angeles Sheriffs Department continues to harass the community and intimidate them, they wish to silence the wrongful murder and have arrested 16 people from the same neighborhood, most of them youth. The family has a current lawsuit pending on the Sheriff’s Department.
East Los Angeles, CA, February 21st, 2009. There will be a vigil today from (5-7pm)called for by the Zepeda family, and organized by supporting organizations and the community at on the corner where Salvador (or Chava, all of his friends called him) was slain, on Humphreys Ave. and Folsom St. in East Los Angeles. Leading up to the vigil, organizers as well as community members have been harassed and intimidated by the same Sheriffs department.
The sheriffs have tried to slander the character of Chava by saying that he was a gang member, but he was someone who was known and loved by all in this neighborhood. Maribel Zepeda, Salvador’s sister, said, "I want his story to be out there, and not forgotten. The police are just going to try and brush it under the rug. We want justice for Chava."
Organizers from the October 22nd Coalition to Stop Police Brutality, ADELANTE, the Guerrilla Chapter of Cop Watch Los Angeles, have put out the call to different community organizations to be there to support the families who suffer from this brutality and harassment on a daily basis in effort to demand justice for all lives stolen by law enforcement nationally and internationally.
The community of East Los Angeles along with the families who have been victims of police brutality and police murder will be at the vigil to say, "No more stolen lives." The community organizations will be there to support the families and to support grassroots efforts to stop these injustices that are being committed by all law enforcement agencies and officers nationally and internationally.
For more information please contact:
Or visit: www.copwatchla.org, copwatchlosangeles.blogspot.com
This vigil is sponsored and organized by:
October 22nd Coalition to Stop Police Brutality, Repression, and the Criminalization of a Generation, ADELANTE, Cop Watch Los Ángeles - Guerrilla Chapter, Revolutionary Autonomous Communities