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California Teens Who Fatally Sucker-Punched 13-Year-Old Classmate Face Criminal Charges

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A 13 year-old boy named Diego was killed by an attack from two other 13 year-olds at Moreno Valley Landmark Middle School in California.

Cell phone video of the incident shows Diego talking with his first attacker.

The attacker’s name has been kept private due to his age.

The young man suddenly punches Diego in the side of the face.

 

Diego stumbles backward, and a second student steps forward to punch Diego yet again.

This time, Diego falls to the ground, striking his head on a stone pillar as he goes down.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement that Diego has been labeled “clinically dead” by doctors “as a result of injuries sustained in the attack.”

The two teens who assaulted Diego face charges of “voluntary manslaughter” as well as counts of “assault likely to produce great bodily injury.”

At least one boy has denied the charges and is scheduled for a pretrial on November 1, 2019.

His peers have commented to the local news station, KTLA, that Diego was often the target of bullying, both at school and online.

Violence never leads to anything good and, as these teens have found out, it can sometimes lead to regrets you’ll hold for the rest of your life. It’s always better to avoid it altogether.

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Written by Collin Gossel

Collin Gossel is a writer and comedian living in Brooklyn, New York, but there are nights when he looks up at the stars and wistfully thinks to himself “there’s got to be more out there…” You can catch Collin improvising new musicals every Tuesday night at the Magnet Theater’s Musical Megawatt, or follow his unfiltered thoughts on Twitter and Instagram @CollinGossel.--