Ald. Jose Perez
Press Release

Milwaukee’s south side loses beloved community member

Statement of Alderman José G. Pérez August 31, 2020

By - Aug 31st, 2020 04:54 pm

Friday evening, Milwaukee’s south side lost a beloved community member and institution in the area when Filigonio Ramirez-Montes (also known as Emilio Garza or Don Huicho) was robbed and then murdered. My prayers are with his family, friends and neighbors as they mourn this tragic loss.

Filigonio was a staple on the south side, working as a street vendor for many years. At a vigil last night he was remembered as an honest, friendly, hard-working man who loved his community. His loss will be felt across the area.

Police are still in search of the suspects. Anyone with any information is asked to contact Milwaukee Police Department at (414) 935-7360 or Crime Stoppers at (414) 224-TIPS or via the P3 Tips App.

And I’d like to take this moment to remind every resident of this City – regardless of their immigration status – to contact the Milwaukee Police Department when they are the victim of a crime.  There is an extensive standard operating procedure in place to assure everyone who comes forward in need of assistance that they will be protected and helped.  No system is perfect, but we cannot make this a safer community unless we are willing to speak up and speak out.

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