The Richmond City Council is honoring the woman who reported the Oct. 24 Richmond High School gang rape by issuing an official proclamation commending her “act of humanity” at tonight’s council meeting. Margarita Vargas, an 18-year-old Richmond High graduate, heard about the assault and called 911 that night, according to Richmond police.During the incident, a 16-year-old girl was sexually assaulted and beaten for two and a half hours after leaving the school’s homecoming dance, according to police. Police said as many as 10 people participated in the attack while others watched and encouraged them. So far, seven people have been arrested and charges have been brought against six of them. The seventh suspect was later released.”Based on the severity of the accounts, she thought it was something the police needed to respond to,” Richmond police Lt. Mark Gagan said.Vargas has been praised for reporting the incident despite a culture of silence surrounding violence that exists in many communities. Gagan said many crimes go unsolved due to witness intimidation and lack of cooperation with police.
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