The following year, a parent organization established the first week-long Red Ribbon Campaign to commemorate Camarena’s death. During the week, Montebello Gardens students were asked to wear red shirts to school and elastic wrist bands with the slogan, “Drug abuse is life abuse.’ Other local Red Ribbon events continue through this weekend and include a pumpkin decorating and carving contest today at La Merced Intermediate School in Montebello. The school plans a costume parade on Monday emphasizing that drugs are no treat. Debbie Pfeiffer Trunnell can be reached at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028, or by e-mail at [email protected] MONTEBELLO — Youngsters were encouraged to say no to drugs, violence and gangs at a Red Ribbon Week assembly Thursday at Montebello Gardens Elementary School. The assembly, led by Principal Norma J. Perez, was one of many events held this week at schools throughout the Whittier area for the anti-drug week. “We’ve actually been talking this up all month, so the children learn to make good choices for themselves and their families,’ said Perez. Red Ribbon is held annually to commemorate the death of Enrique Camarena, a federal Drug Enforcement Agency officer tortured and killed by drug dealers in Mexico in 1985. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!