Two boys ‘involved in fatal beating of CA classmate’ given new charges


Charges have been upgraded against the two California teenagers accused of brutally attacking a 13-year-old classmate in a fight that was caught on video and later resulted in his tragic death The two boys, both 13, who have not been publicly identified because they’re minors, have now each been charged with one count of voluntary manslaughter, the Riverside County District’s Attorney’s Office has confirmed Announced on Wednesday, the new charges come in addition to counts of assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury Both of the teens were arrested on September 16, following the vicious brawl at Landmark Middle School in Moreno Valley The fight left the victim – known only as Diego – in a critical condition. And despite ‘rigorous medical intervention’, he was pronounced dead eight days later Two teenage boys have been charged in relation to the death of a Landmark Middle School student named Diego (pictured) The 13-year-old was sucker-punched during the attack on September 16. He died in hospital eight days later Cellphone video of the harrowing fight at Landmark Middle School was published on the internet, and shows two students – believed to be those who have been charged- viciously attacking Diego  Cellphone video of the harrowing fight at the school was published on the internet, and shows two students – believed to be those who have been charged – viciously attacking Diego Diego was hit by one boy in the face then punched in the side of the head by another In the impact Diego fell backwards and hit his head against a concrete pillar.‘Preparations by Diego’s family are underway for organ donation to transform this tragedy into the gift of life for other children,’ the sheriff’s department announced last week Both of the boys were arrested before Diego’s death, but prosecutors amended the charges on Monday The two boys remain in custody at Riverside County Juvenile Hall. One of the boys appeared in court on Wednesday and denied the charges He’s scheduled for a pretrial hearing on November 1.The second suspect is due to appear on October 15, KTLA reported Diego was hit by one boy in the face then punched in the side of the head by another In the impact Diego fell backwards and hit his head against a concrete pillar Classmates at Landmark Middle School say Diego was bullied including on social media They say violence is a problem at the school The school administrators said the two students arrested for the assault were honors students To be in the honor student program members are not allowed to have behavioral problems such as bullying Classmates of Diego told KTLA that he was previously bullied including on social media Students say that violence is an ongoing problem at the school.’It’s really tough because there’s so many fights here, and they don’t do anything about it,’ student Crystal Rodriguez said ‘The security’s all over the school, but they take forever to come.’One law enforcement official said there were no red flags as to why Diego was bullied and attacked The school district has said it hired behavior specialists and will work more with mental health experts and services this year in light of the incident Crisis counselors are also available for students and staff. Classmates of Diego told KTLA that he was previously bullied including on social media Students say that violence is an ongoing problem at the school. Local youth football team, the Inland Empire Hornets, has dedicated the remainder of their season to Diego’s memory, pledging to take to the field each week with anti-bullying decals and tributes to Diego emblazoned on their helmets Local youth football team, the Inland Empire Hornets, has dedicated the remainder of their season to Diego’s memory, pledging to take to the field each week with anti-bullying decals and tributes to Diego emblazoned on their helmets The team’s President Jesse Mendoza revealed that many of the hornets, who are between age five to 15-years-old, went to school with Diego, with some even having witnessed the fatal brawl ‘They’re in shock,’ Mendoza told The Press Enterprise. ‘The kids have witnessed fights, but nothing that’s as severe ’‘We were praying over it, talking about it, but when he passed, that’s when we decided we had to do something to take a stand over it,’ he said  ‘We brought all of our kids together at midfield and talked to them about bullying, how to report it ’