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U.S. House mourns loss of Mexican-American hate crime victim
U.S. House mourns loss of Mexican-American hate crime victim
David Ray Ritcheson supported hate crime legislation for Gays, others

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Human Rights Campaign today praised the U.S. House of Representatives for passing a resolution by voice vote honoring the late David Ray Ritcheson. Ritcheson, the victim of a brutal hate crime because he was Mexican-American, had testified in April 2007 before the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security of the House Judiciary Committee in support of the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act (H.R. 1592) which provides local law enforcement with critical resources to combat bias-motivated violence. H. Res. 535 commends Ritcheson for his efforts in helping to secure passage of this important bill which the House of Representatives approved on May 3, 2007. Sadly, Ritcheson took his own life just two months later.

"We commend the U.S. House of Representatives for recognizing David Ritcheson's courage in speaking out about the devastating toll hate crimes take on victims, their families and their communities," said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese. "David's testimony and his tragic passing serve as a stark reminder of the need for hate crimes legislation. We remember David for his bravery, his dignity and his dedication to a vision of a hate-free America."

The Human Rights Campaign is America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against GLBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.

An HRC press release

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