(Updated Wednesday 12:30 p.m.) A memorial fund has been set up in honor Satchel Ramos, the former Sound School student who was stabbed to death in Providence, R.I., early Sunday while trying to break up a fight.
New Haven government’s Livable City Initiative (LCI), where Satchel’s father Rafael works, has established the fund.
“Just like his father, Rafael Ramos, Satchel Ramos has been actively involved and working with his father in the community and also Bregamos Community Theater and Big Turtle Summer Youth Camp. The intended use of donations is to create a memorial in Satchel’s honor at Bregamos Community Theater and to support the family throughout this difficult time,” reported LCI Executive Director Erik Johnson.
Donors should make out checks to “Friends of Satchel Ramos.” They can drop off donations at START Community Bank or contact Vivian Rodriguez (203-946-6437) or Pattie Lawlor (203-946-7802) at City Hall.
Satchel Ramos’s funeral is scheduled to take place Saturday at the Church of The Redeemer, 185 Cold Spring St. in New Haven, beginning at 2 p.m. It will be preceded by a viewing of the body from 12 to 1:30 p.m. A reception is scheduled for after the service, from 3 to 5 p.m., at the New Haven Museum at 114 Whitney Ave.
The death of Ramos, who was 22, sent shock waves through many circles in New Haven Monday. He was the son of Rafael Ramos, who for decades has helped families in trouble through his job with government’s Livable City Initiative (LCI); volunteered his time to take city kids on summer camping trips; and promoted the arts in Fair Haven and citywide through his not-for-profit organization, Bregamos Community Theater. He has helped many other families cope with the untimely deaths of loved ones. People who have come into contact with him through those various roles poured out their condolences and sympathy in phone calls and social media postings.
Satchel and his older brother Clyde came upon two men attacking a couple on the street as bars let out in the Federal Hill district around 2 a.m. Sunday, according to this report in the Providence Journal. They intervened to protect the couple. The attackers then slashed Clyde and stabbed Satchel to death. Police subsequently made an arrest. Clyde was treated at the hospital for his wounds, then released.
Satchel (pictured) attended Sound School for part of his high school years before moving out of town with family. (Click here for more on that in a Register story.)
Mayor Toni Harp released this statement:
“No family should have to bear the anguish the Ramos family must be feeling – I join all New Haven residents in heartfelt sorrow for the tragic loss of this young man, the son of a respected community leader. And even as we grieve we must recommit to address the frequency of urban violence in our country so this senseless waste of human potential is stopped – in Providence, in New Haven, and in cities across the nation.”
Like many I was shocked this morning to hear that this righteous young man had been taken from us much, much too soon. This is incredibly tragic. We will miss seeing Satchel walking up and down our beloved Downing Street proudly, with held high, like his dad has for so many years.
My heart goes out to Rafael Ramos and his family during this time of great loss.
posted by: Razzie on March 4, 2014 8:33am
My heartfelt condolences go out to the Ramos family. Our lives are all diminished by this tragic loss.
posted by: mcabrera on March 4, 2014 9:24am
My deepest condolences Ralph. No words can explain how sadden I am after reading these news. You will be in my prayers. God Bless! Magaly Cabrera
posted by: Bobbe Bellamy on March 4, 2014 11:00am
Rafael - on behalf of Andy, Bobbe and the entire New Haven Building Department-you and the Ramos family are in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time that has come upon your family. Although we remember Satchel during his brief employment with us at the Building Department, we have known you for many, many, many years. I must admit that Satchel was just as friendly, respectful, helpful and wonderful as you, his father. Our deepest sympathy
Rafael, Our prayers are with you during this time. I can’t begin to imagine how you and your family are feeling with your loss. Even though personally I’ve never met your son, from the talks that we’ve had all before, he definitely was a kid that you adored..My family and I are praying that God will comfort you during this time of bereavement..
posted by: Tell The Truth on March 5, 2014 7:34am
Praying for the Ramos family. Such a senseless tragedy!
posted by: robn on March 5, 2014 9:23am
It breaks my heart to see a brave act end with such consequences. Satchel gave his life to save two others.
I wish the City could give a special commendation for this kind of selfless act.
posted by: Babz Rawls Ivy on March 5, 2014 10:43am
I have no idea about the amount of pain and loss the Ramos family must be trying to endure in this moment. However, I am a praying woman. I do know words of prayer. It is my prayer that the peace that surpasses all understanding find them in these hard and heart-breaking moments.
I want them to know that they are not alone and that this young man was loved and admired by many. I do believe that Christ shed the first tear and remains ready to bear the burdens of this loss.
May we all hold the Ramos family up in continued prayer. Amen.
posted by: robn on March 5, 2014 1:13pm
GoFundMe would be a better way to collect funds from NHI readers. They take 8% for processing but you’ll make it easier for many more donors to reach out to you.