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Illegal immigrant charged in Fayetteville woman's death

Posted December 17, 2008

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— Cumberland County investigators arrested an illegal immigrant from Honduras in connection with the death of a 64-year-old woman Tuesday.

Julio Cesar Ramos, 45, who claims to be homeless and unemployed, is charged with beating Paulette Locklear outside her house Tuesday afternoon. He was being held without bond Wednesday in the Cumberland County Detention Center.

Investigators said Ramos had been deported at least a dozen times over the last 20 years but kept getting back into the U.S. Barbara Gonzalez, a spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Charlotte, could confirm only one deportation – from Houston in 1988 – and neither she nor local authorities could say what felony charges prompted the deportation.

Locklear and her family befriended Ramos, and she even let him live in a small building behind her house, at 1213 Wilmington Highway, said her brother, Paul Brewington, and nephew, Jeremy Brewington.

"The family just helped him any way we could," Jeremy Brewington said. "He would come and help us work, and we would pay him. He's just been sort of part of the family for a long time."

Paul Brewington said he took Ramos to church after seeing him walking along the road in Gray's Creek and learning he lived in the woods nearby.

"We just started helping him and giving him food and giving him clothes and stuff," he said. "That's what she was doing to this fellow – just giving him a helping hand."

Locklear called 911 for help Tuesday when Ramos became violent and started breaking windows in an attempt to get inside her house, according to authorities.

Deputies found Locklear's body when they arrived at her house.

"She was a wonderful person, and we're going to miss her a lot," Paul Brewington said.

The state medical examiner’s office has not determined her cause of death, and authorities haven't determined a motive for the slaying.

"We're having trouble determining exactly what his name is because, during the times he was deported, he used several different aliases," said Debbie Tanna, a spokeswoman for the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office.

Jeremy Brewington said his family was unaware Ramos had been deported so many times. He said it appeared the man was mentally challenged and was known to have a temper.

"We didn't think he would do anything of this nature. We didn't really see that in him," he said. "He would get angry sometimes and would leave ... for a while. (He) would come back, and we would take him in and help him any way we could."

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  • TexasKate Dec 18, 2008

    Perhaps we should spend our charity thru organizations. Elizabeth Smart's father and this murdered woman's family probably will from now on.

    The days of offering a hand-up to an individual are gone.

  • Tax Man Dec 18, 2008

    "Investigators said Ramos had been deported at least a dozen times over the last 20 years but kept getting back into the U.S."

    WHAT???? I thought once you were deported you could NEVER come back to the US again? So this guy must have at least a dozen more felonies on him - charge him with all of them and then give him the death penalty for the murder - if, somehow, he is not executed, then add all the sentences together for about 500 years! I guess we do not have any immigration policy in the US anymore. Guys like this need to be permanently removed from the US - by any means possible. And anyone who assisted him with work, money, ID, transportation etc. needs to be prosecuted as well. What a crock! And now this fine Christian woman is dead because she tried to help him. Shame.

  • IdoNOTliveinDurham Dec 18, 2008

    I fail to see why you have a hard time understanding that if he WERE NOT here because he is illegal she would still be alive. IdoNOTliveinDurham

    maybe this is a true statement, maybe not...who's to say they would not have taken in some other homeless person....who would likely have similar issues....

    FAMofFour.... I truly believe you fill sorry for the family as I do. What is disturbing is that your comments almost point to the the fact you feel it was fate that she passed and it would not matter if he was there or not.

  • imback Dec 18, 2008

    "So.. everyone would be happy if he hadn't been an illegal immigrant????? It would have been okay???"

    Um. no. As usual, you illegal alien apologists just dont get it. Since so many of you want amnesty for them, maybe you can tell us how our government can possibly check 20 million people to ensure they dont have a criminal history. The pathetic responses from the illegal alien lobby is almost laughable. Telling us that their status doesnt matter (Is it really so hard to understand that if they werent here, they the crimes they commit here wouldnt happen? DUH) Boring us with talk about how honorable they are ( No. The immigrants who play by the rules are honorable). And of course, my favorite : "Everyone is an illegal alien but the Indians!"( Nope, they walked over here from Asia and sorry, Illegal aliens from Mexico are not the original inhabitants of America.

  • seeingthru Dec 18, 2008

    biting the hand that feeds you great

  • k557451 Dec 18, 2008

    When will people wake up and demand that their local and state representatives not stand for these "safe havens"? It starts at the grass roots level. If a locality decides to violate Federal law and provide safe harboring for illegal immigrants, than disqualify them from state and federal aid.

  • JohnB2012 Dec 18, 2008

    1. Secure Our Borders
    2. Crack down on employers that intentionally hire illegals
    3. Remove incentives and rewards to illegals such as licenses, welfare, and other taxpayer benefits 4. Enforce our existing laws and deport illegal aliens when convicted of crimes or detected during routine law enforcement activities

    www.alipac.us

  • Chuck Fina Dec 18, 2008

    Section 274 felonies under the federal Immigration and Nationality Act, INA 274A(a)(1)(A):

    "...It is a violation of law for any person to conceal, harbor, or shield from detection in any place, including any building or means of transportation, any alien who is in the United States in violation of law. HARBORING MEANS ANY CONDUCT THAT TENDS TO SUBSTANTIALLY FACILITATE AN ALIEN TO REMAIN IN THE U.S. ILLEGALLY. The sheltering need not be clandestine, and harboring covers aliens arrested outdoors, as well as in a building. This provision includes harboring an alien who entered the U.S. legally but has since lost his legal status."

  • familyfour Dec 18, 2008

    I fail to see why you have a hard time understanding that if he WERE NOT here because he is illegal she would still be alive.
    IdoNOTliveinDurham

    maybe this is a true statement, maybe not...who's to say they would not have taken in some other homeless person....who would likely have similar issues....

    very unfortunate...but his legal status did not kill her, his devout conscience and hands did....

    blame the gov't, too....they choose not to fix the problem because they profit too much from it.....

    I am sorry for the family's loss.

  • IdoNOTliveinDurham Dec 18, 2008

    "I completely fail to see why so many of the comments I'm reading are so fascinated by his immigration status.
    68_polara"

    I fail to see why you have a hard time understanding that if he WERE NOT here because he is illegal she would still be alive.

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