Reports of senseless violence are increasing — in America and across the globe.
The vicious beating of a teen by fifteen youths in Las Vegas is one of many stories peppering the news in the last few days.
The Las Vegas teen who died after being attacked by 15 bullies was Jonathan Lewis, 17. He was a student at Rancho High.
Reportedly, Lewis was beaten after attempting to defend a “smaller friend” after he was thrown into a trash can, according to the New York Post. Jonathan’s girlfriend, unnamed for her safety, provided police with a statement profiling what happened.
Lewis languished at a local hospital for almost two weeks — he died last Tuesday. His death was announced by his father, Jonathan Lewis Sr., last Thursday in an interview with 8 News Now.
The family’s fundraising page notes that “He’s a courageous young man.”
The mob of teens reportedly swarmed Lewis and repeatedly hit and kicked his head after he was down.
One video clip of the tragic event shows one of Lewis’ friends attempting to intervene but is stopped by the mob, who chase him down and continue to punch and kick him as he falls to the ground and attempts to regain his footing.
When police responded, they found Jonathan on the ground, bleeding from a gash in his head. Paramedics administered CPR before transporting the boy to the University Medical Center. He never regained consciousness.
Jonathan’s father told 8 News Now: “I just love my children with all my heart, and it’s just unimaginable that we could ever come to this point.”
He added: “Violence just begets more violence and these children don’t even know what they’re doing half the time.”
Reportedly, Lewis Sr. hopes the death of his son can be used as a springboard to discuss youth violence and legislate changes to address the issue.
The Las Vegas Metro Police Department’s homicide unit reports that no arrests have been made but that an investigation is ongoing. Lewis Sr. confirmed that he plans to press charges against the youth involved in his son’s murder.
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