March will honor Camarena's life

Event Saturday will promote prevention of drug abuse

Anti-drug advocates this Saturday will march in memory of Enrique "Kiki" Camarena, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent whose brutal murder in 1985 inspired National Red Ribbon Week in the United States.

The nonprofit SAY (Social Advocates for Youth) San Diego and the Enrique S. Camarena Educational Foundation are organizing the second annual "Marching for Kiki's Red Ribbon" event in San Diego County, where Camarena's family resides.

His son is a local prosecutor.

The march will begin at 8:30 a.m. at Crawford High School, 4195 Colts Way, and will end at Colina de Sol Park, 5319 Orange Avenue, where a festival with music and food will be held.

Organizers said the march this weekend is an extension of National Red Ribbon Week, which has been held across the country during the last week of October since the late 1980s. Thousands of schools and communities participate in drug and violence prevention activities during that week.

Camarena's wife, Geneva Camarena, in a statement, applauded the San Diego City Council's decision to tighten regulation of marijuana dispensaries in the city.

"In light of the San Diego City Council's recent decision to stop the proliferation of unregulated marijuana storefronts at the neighborhood level, this year's march takes on a special significance," she said.

In 1985, Camarena was kidnapped, tortured and killed by drug traffickers in Mexico, where he was an undercover DEA special agent. Saddened by his death, his family and friends in his hometown of Calexico began wearing red ribbons in his honor.





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