READING, Pa. - The I-LEAD Charter School in Reading is coping with the loss of one of its students because of violence.
Ramon Rosario-Evangelista will be remembered by his fellow teachers and peers at I-LEAD as a young man determined to turn his life around and complete his education.
Charter school CEO, Yamil Sanchez, said the news of Evangelista's death was devastating.
"There's a feeling of numbness," said Sanchez.
Rosario-Evangelista, 21, was shot and killed around 2 a.m. Sunday outside the A-Town Cafe at N. 10th and Elm streets, police said. Two others were wounded.
Students like Iesha Colon, 17, paid their respects to their fallen classmate by writing condolence messages.
"I'd just seen him the day before. So it's really, I still don't believe it," said Colon, who was a neighbor of Rosario-Evangelista. "I'm going to do a fundraiser of his name to help him to raise money for his funeral."
Police still aren't sure what sparked the gunfire, although they believe the gunman knew the victims.
"We know there were quite a few people, at least 100 people, originally at the club/bar, and apparently when people were spilling out, there was a confrontation right around 10th and Elm," said Insp. Fran Drexler, Reading Police Dept.
"Ramon was figuring out how to turn his life around and was just motivated to not only finish school, but he promised this was something that he was doing to make sure his mother was happy and proud of him," said Sanchez.
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