Congresswoman honors Wawa shooting victim, calls for legislation to help curb gun violence

Written by on May 13, 2021

Congresswoman honors Wawa shooting victim, calls for legislation to help curb gun violence

By Tyler Pratt

May 13, 2021

Two people are dead and one person is injured after a shooting that began on Route 22 in the early morning of April 21 and moved to a Wawa in Upper Macungie Township. Photo | Tyler Pratt / WLVR

The Allentown truck driver killed in the recent Wawa shooting was honored before Congress on May 12 by a U.S. Representative who used the occasion to urge members to take action to reduce gun violence. 

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Ramon Ramirez, 31, was fatally shot by a man he did not know while pumping gas in Upper Macungie Township on April 21. U.S. Congresswoman Susan Wild (D-Lehigh) spoke on the House floor by a photo of Ramirez and his wife.

“People remember him as a loving family man and a hard worker. Someone who, as one of his neighbors put it, was always looking to make things better for those around him,” Wild says. 

The toll of gun violence in the U.S. is “puncturing the American dream,” she says.

“I am up here to ask and beg and plead that somebody on the other side of the aisle come to me with their suggestions of what we can do to stop these random acts of gun violence,” Wild says.

She wasn’t advocating for any particular bill, she says, but was willing to work on bipartisan legislation. 

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