On Tuesday, eight adolescents were apprehended and formally charged with suspicion of committing murder in relation to the demise of a 17-year-old who was fatally assaulted in close proximity to a Las Vegas high school earlier this month, as stated by law enforcement.
The individuals numbering eight, whose identities have not been disclosed due to their status as minors, constituted a faction of at least 10 individuals. These individuals reportedly engaged in physically assaulting Jonathan Lewis through a combination of punches, kicks, and stomping after school hours on the afternoon of November 1, as conveyed by authorities from the Las Vegas police.
The accused individuals, ranging in age from 13 to 17, were formally charged with suspicion of murder, as announced by Undersheriff Andrew Walsh during a press briefing on Tuesday afternoon.
According to him, the police force was pushing for adult charges against eligible people. The assault happened close to Rancho High School. According to homicide Lt. Jason Johansson, Lewis’s family informed authorities that he was brain dead at a hospital on November 7 and that day they had made arrangements to donate his organs.
According to him, the Clark County medical examiner’s office determined that blunt force trauma was the cause of death and that homicide was the mode of death.
FBI agents assisted in the eight people’s Tuesday early arrests, according to Walsh.
According to Johansson, the police department intended to release a video of the two individuals on Tuesday night in the hopes that someone would identify them and come forward. At least two additional individuals who are thought to have been engaged in the attack have not been identified.
According to Johansson, the argument started because of pilfered headphones and maybe a marijuana vape pen that belonged to Lewis or one of his friends. He claimed that the friend had consented to a brawl in the alleyway after school, but when the two got into it, Lewis appeared to intervene on behalf of his friend and was attacked in return.