Margarita Vargas, the 18-year-old woman who was the only person to call 911 to report the Oct. 24 gang rape of a Richmond High School student, was honored for her actions Tuesday night by the Richmond City Council.
Vargas was hailed “for her act of humanity by reporting the sexual assault on the campus of Richmond High School.” The proclamation was introduced by Mayor Gayle McLaughlin and Councilman Jim Rogers.
In her 911 call the night of the attack, Vargas told a dispatcher, “People have passed by there, have been seeing her, but nobody wants to call the cops, so we decided to call.”
Tonight, the West Contra Costa Unified School District will also recognize Vargas at its meeting. The district said it wished to praise Vargas “for standing up for what is right by calling 911 to report a crime taking place.”
Six suspects have been charged with a litany of crimes in connection with the attack outside the school’s homecoming dance. Three of the defendants are juveniles who have been charged as adults. Authorities say the defendants raped the girl over two hours while as many as 20 others watched
Posted on November 18, 2009 by Puma-SF