Mayor strikes in at Red Ribbon kickoff event

NASHUA — U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent Enrique Kiki Camarena was kidnapped, tortured and killed by drug cartel while investigating them in Mexico 33 years ago.

Shortly after his death, his family started the Red Ribbon Week campaign. Decades later, he is remembered by people all over the country, including Nashua, for this year’s Red Ribbon Week, which aims to raise awareness on the impact of drugs.

This year’s theme is called “Life is Your Journey Travel Drug Free.” Nashua Mayor Jim Donchess gave a proclamation of his support for Red Ribbon Week on Tuesday. Members of the New Hampshire Prevention Coalition, Students Against Destructive Decision (SADD) making and the Boys and Girls Club followed suit.

“The Red Ribbon Campaign promotes drug prevention education for children and families and encourages communities to participate in anti-drug activities by connecting with over 80 million people in the U.S.,” Donchess said in his proclamation.

“This campaign supports educators and parents in shaping a healthy drug-resistant youth,” Donchess said, adding the campaign plays an important role in Nashua.

Nashua Prevention Coalition Coordinator Kameo Chasse helped organize the event.

“This is an event for our community members … to interact with our youth,” Chasse said. “Our big goal is to make this a community wide event where everyone can come together and to just have a fun night.”

Nashua High School South junior and SADD member Johnnie Peebles III said he hoped the event would help kids find alternatives to drugs.

“I think it’s really important to have this event, just so that people can realize what better things you could be doing right now instead of drugs,” Peebles III said.

For more information on Red Ribbon Week, go to redribbon.org.