Vigil Remembers Robbie Ramirez, Advocates Call For Accountability

Nov 12, 2018

An altar for Robbie Ramirez at a vigil hosted at the Laramie Skatepark. Ramirez was an avid skateboarder.
Credit Tennessee Watson / Wyoming Public Radio

On Saturday afternoon a vigil for Robbie Ramirez was held at the Laramie Skatepark. The 39-year-old Laramie resident was shot and killed a week ago by Albany County Sheriff's Deputy Derek Colling following a traffic stop.

Community members gathered with the family and friends of Ramirez to remember his life and his contributions to Laramie. The Laramie Skatepark was a space that Ramirez worked hard to help build. Flowers and candles were placed on a memorial. A photo of Ramirez building a new bowl in the park was framed by an old skateboard deck.

Yanna Ludwig was there to mourn the fatal shooting and to call for action.

"I'm here as a part of ad hoc group," said Ludwig, "who are collecting signatures to have the videotape, dash cam, anything, any recordings of the incident released to the public, as well as Deputy Colling's prior record."

Colling was fired from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department in 2011 for beating a man filming him with a video camera. Colling, who is from Laramie, then returned home and was hired by the Albany County Sheriff's Department.

Ludwig said she'd like to see more community oversight when it comes to law enforcement.

"The people that in some ways have the most direct power over our safety are right now kind of the least accountable to our community and we'd like to see that shift."

The shooting is under investigation by the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation.