New Haven Man Killed In Rhode Island

By Josh Chapin
|  Wednesday, Mar 5, 2014  |  Updated 9:50 AM EDT
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Police say Satchel Ramos was stabbed to death in Rhode Island while trying to break up a fight.  Friends in his hometown of New Haven say he won't be forgotten.

Police say Satchel Ramos was stabbed to death in Rhode Island while trying to break up a fight. Friends in his hometown of New Haven say he won't be forgotten.

Friends are in shock and disbelief after a 22-year-old New Haven man was killed over the weekend in Rhode Island.

Police said Satchel Ramos was stabbed to death in Rhode Island early Sunday morning while trying to break up a fight.

Ramos is one of seven siblings and the son of Rafael Ramos, who has spent years working with New Haven's Livable City Initiative.

Police in Providence, Rhode Island said Ramos was stabbed on Sunday night when he and his older brother, Clyde, saw a fight in the street and tried to intervene.

The Providence Journal reports that the stabbing happened at Atwells Avenue and Dean Street, a busy intersection in the popular Federal Hill section of the city.

Even though he had moved away from his hometown, friends in New Haven say he won't be forgotten.

Becca Evans learned the unthinkable hours later from a friend.

"I was panicking…he said he made it the hospital and didn't make it back out. I didn't believe it," Evans said.

She couldn't believe that someone had stabbed, kicked and beat her friend.

Police charged Eric Souza of Massachusetts with Ramos' murder, but said they're still looking for others in connection with crime.

Ramos' friends are in disbelief.

"Everywhere he went he made friends," said Roberto Santiago, one of Ramos' closet friends. "He was a good dude. They didn't have to take his life like that."

"It's just tragic and there is no rhyme or reason to it," said Rebecca Gratz, principal of the Sound School, where Ramos attended two-and-a-half years of high school. Grantz taught him American Studies. 

"He was never rude. He was never mean. He was always well liked by his peers and by teachers," she said.

"The last time I saw him we said see you later so I can't grasp it," said another friend of Ramos', Alice Blossom.

On Tuesday, his friends channeled their anger into ink by getting tattoos to show their love from Ramos. 

"They took someone who didn't belong where he is right now," Santiago added.

Gratz said the school is in the process of planning a memorial for Ramos at some point. His brother Clyde was also stabbed during the encounter and is now recovering at home.

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