The two Shenandoah, Pa., men charged with a federal hate crime stemming from the beating death of an undocumented Mexican immigrant, often referred to Hispanics with racial slurs, according to testimony from one key witness in the trial.
Today at the James A. Nealon US Courthouse in Scranton, Colin Walsh told the jury that Derrick Donchak had a deep animosity toward that ethnic group.
“Yes, he didn’t like Hispanics; he really didn’t like them,” he said. “He called them fucking Mexicans, fucking spics.”
Mr. Walsh, 19, also said that Mr. Donchak would listen to racist music, and specifically sing to the song “White Man Marches On” while driving around with friends.
The song is taken from the soundtrack for the movie American History X.
In his account of the attack, Mr. Walsh said that both Mr. Donchak and Brandon Piekarsky yelled racial slurs toward Luis Eduardo Ramírez Zavala.
“Derrick punch him in the face and called him ‘spic’,” he said.
According to him, Mr. Piekarsky also used racist terms when yelling at Mr. Ramírez Zavala.
“He was yelling at him, ‘fucking Mexican’,” he said. “Later I heard him yell ‘Tell your fucking Mexican friends to leave Shenandoah or you’ll be fucking lying next to them’ as we were leaving.”
In April of last year, Mr. Walsh pleaded guilty in federal court to violating Mr. Ramirez Zavala’s Fair Housing Rights, admitting that his actions prevented other Latinos from moving into the area.
Thanks to this, all state charges against him were dropped and he is waiting that his cooperation satisfies the government to get a reduction of the four to nine years he faces behind bars.
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