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Sex assault and killing of woman, 64, thrusts small city into immigration debate

A small California city about a three-hour drive north of Los Angeles has been thrust into the national debate over immigration after the brutal killing of a woman there. According to police, Marilyn Pharis, a 64-year-old Air Force veteran was attacked in her home by Victor Aureliano Martinez Ramirez, 29, and another man in late July. Police say the two men beat Pharis with a hammer and sexually assaulted her. She died about a week later from her injuries. Ramirez, who has several prior arrests has been in the country illegally, was released from jail a few days before allegedly carrying out the fatal attack on Pharis. The case has ripped open the divisive issue — one that’s been a centerpiece of the GOP primary season — in the city, which has a population of 100,000, between those who say Ramirez should’ve been deported, and those who have struck a more moderate tone about what may have prevented the crime.

Read the full story at The Los Angeles Times.

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