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University of Miami's Casa Bacardi to host

Ros-Lehtinen & Student Law School Leaders To Join The Melendi Family To Kick Off Petition Drive That Seeks To Keep Shannon's Murderer In Jail, the 19-year-old Emory University student was last seen taking a lunch recess from her part-time job at the Softball Country Club, where she was keeping score at one of the games.

Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a senior member of the Florida Congressional Delegation, will join student law school leaders and the Melendi family to kick-off a petition drive that aims to keep Shannon Melendi's killer in jail past his possible 2011 parole date.

The kick-off will take place at the University of Miami's Casa Bacardi at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, March 30th. Casa Bacardi is located at 1531 Brescia Avenue, Coral Gables.

Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen, the Melendi family, and the law school student leaders will urge the public at large and other students at colleges and universities across South Florida to assist in the petition project to keep Shannon Melendi's killer in prison past his 2011 parole date. Petitions can be found at Ros-Lehtinen's home web page and at Luis Melendi's website and can be emailed to

One of the student leaders spearheading this effort is Ms. Yara Lorenzo, a recent graduate of the St. Thomas Law School and who is now clerking for federal Judge James L. King. Also deeply involved in this endeavor is Keith Fernandez, who will soon graduate from FIU and is heading to law school.

Said Ros-Lehtinen, "I urge other students from across South Florida to join our effort in keeping Shannon's murderer in jail where he belongs. It is simply unconscionable that this sick and violent man is up for parole in just one year. We need all the help we can get from the community so thousands of petitions can be sent to the State of Georgia Parole Board as they will make the final decision."



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