Following the arrest of eight juveniles in connection with the fatal beating of 17-year-old Jonathan Lewis Jr. near Rancho High School, Las Vegas police are now working to identify two additional persons of interest in the case.
On Tuesday, eight teenagers, ranging in age from 13 to 17, were taken into custody on suspicion of murder. The incident occurred on November 1, resulting in Lewis being beaten unconscious and sustaining life-threatening injuries. Tragically, he succumbed to his injuries and passed away on November 7.
The Clark County coroner and medical examiner determined the cause of death as blunt force trauma, classifying it as a homicide.
Videos of the altercation surfaced on social media, revealing a confrontation sparked by stolen headphones and possibly a stolen marijuana vape pen. One video captured a person throwing a punch, triggering a violent response from a large group of teens who proceeded to punch, kick, and stomp on an individual.
Las Vegas police released still images on Wednesday of two young males believed to be involved—one wearing a black hoodie and the other with dark, shaggy hair and a black shirt.
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The father of the deceased teen, Jonathan Lewis Sr., expressed his grief on a memorial website, describing his son as a “hero” who intervened to help a smaller child being bullied. In an interview with NBC affiliate KSNV of Las Vegas, Lewis Sr. lamented the circumstances surrounding his son’s death, characterizing the incident as “absolute lunacy” and attributing it to a disturbing lack of love among the involved individuals.