This is yet another story of a young life ending tragically.
17 year old Jonathan Lewis Jr. died on Nov. 7 at University Medical Center, Las Vegas, six days after he was beaten by a group of high schools classmates near Rancho High School on Nov. 1. The assault on Lewis was recorded and shared online.
Eight teenagers, between the ages of 13 and 17, have been arrested and charged. In Nevada, if a 16-year-old or 17-year-old is charged with murder, the case is automatically moved to the adult system and it’s likely their lives will never be the same again.
Lewis’ father said he hoped his son’s death would start a conversation on youth violence in the Las Vegas valley.
“We all must be held accountable for our choices,” he said in a statement following the arrests. “We deserve to be able to live in peace and receive love in our community! This is just the beginning of what justice is for me. Actually recognizing why, at this age, our children chose violence, … is a huge part of justice for me as a father too!”
Clark County School District Police Department spokesperson Lt. Bryan Zink described the videos as horrific and shocking. He said school police have been assisting Metro since the incident.
“Parents have got to step up and talk to their kids” about the potential consequences of such behaviour, Zink said. “It’s just really sad.”
Rest in peace Jonathan.