Franklin Ramirez identified as shooting victim, Saline County family mourn
Franklin Ramirez Death – Franklin Ramirez’s friends and family held a memorial service for him on Wednesday, remembering him as a fantastic father and a unique individual. On New Year’s Eve, the 27-year-old was shot and died on Narrows Road, according to the Saline County Sheriff’s Office. According to Ramirez’s relatives, he was a roofer who was at work when the incident took place. A warrant for manslaughter was obtained for William Bettis on January 10 according to SCSO officials, who also credited the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission for their investigation and cooperation.
Ramirez’s influence on people he encountered, according to friends and relatives, will endure forever. His wife, Audy Lopez, explained via a translator that she is still in disbelief about his departure. “There are so many memories I don’t have a special one to mention. But I always remember he always says family is the best thing he can have in life,” Lopez said. Jesler Ramirez, Ramirez’s brother, also expressed his sorrow over his brother’s passing. “I feel destroyed by what happened to my brother. I still can’t believe it. What happened and how it happened,” Ramirez said.
The owner of Wolverine Roofing, John Vaprezan, said Ramirez was someone he had known for a long time because they had collaborated on a few projects. He said that Ramirez would be much missed. “He was just a bright spirit and a great hard worker, there have been half a dozen roofing companies who have already showed up at the funeral home this morning,” Vaprezsan said. “Franklin was a good man, a dad, a husband and he will be sorely missed in the Hispanic community and in the roofing community will miss him very much,” Jesler Ramirez said. Lopez expressed her wish that no one else would ever experience something similar.
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“I would like to get justice for my husband because what happened was not an accident and we need justice because he cannot die like this,” Lopez added. The love Ramirez had for people and for them was evident, according to loved ones, at his funeral. “What I would say is he was a good man, he liked to help so if anyone needed his help he would always be there,” Jesler Ramirez said. He said many hope to honor Ramirez’s life and memory by raising money to help bring his body to where he was born before moving to America for work.
“So, there are several churches and there are several roofing companies that have been involved in trying to raise the amount of money for the family just getting his body back to Guatemala,” Vaprezsan said. According to SCSO representatives, Bettis is detained in the county’s detention facility while he waits for a bond hearing. They note that Bettis is also charged with resident hunting license requirements, hunting endangerment resulting in death, and requirements for a hunter education certificate.
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