Jonathan Lewis Las Vegas Teen Beaten to Death by Mob, No Arrests Made
Teen Jonathan Lewis died after being beaten by a mob of 15 kids. His family hopes for justice and an end to youth violence.
Jonathan Lewis, a 17-year-old student at Rancho High School, tragically passed away last Tuesday after being brutally attacked by a group of 15 kids. His father, also named Jonathan Lewis, recounted the horrifying incident to 8 News Now.
According to the family's GoFundMe page, the attack was sparked when one of Lewis' smaller friends had something stolen by the group of 15 kids, who then threw the small boy into a trash can. Lewis bravely confronted the bullies, but was met with a vicious assault.
Footage from the November 1st attack shows Lewis standing up to one of the alleged bullies before throwing a punch. However, within seconds, the pack of kids swarmed Lewis, repeatedly hitting and kicking him in the head as he lay defenseless on the ground.
In a second, extended video, one of Lewis' friends is seen trying to help, but is ultimately forced to retreat for his own safety after receiving a blow to the back of the skull. Some of the attackers then chase Lewis' friend, punching him until he falls to the ground. The video ends with up to five of the bullies surrounding Lewis' friend and delivering a flurry of kicks and punches.
Lewis' girlfriend confirmed that he was standing up for his smaller friend, further emphasizing his bravery and selflessness. Following the attack, police officers found Jonathan bleeding from the head. Despite paramedics' efforts to save him, Lewis was put on life support at University Medical Center, where he passed away last Tuesday.
Heartbreakingly, his father kept him on life support for several days, holding out hope that he would wake up. Lewis' father, who lives in Texas, shared that his son mainly kept to himself and had planned on moving to Austin to live with him prior to the attack.
Expressing his grief, Lewis' father told 8 News Now, 'I just love my children with all my heart, and it's just unimaginable that we could ever come to this point.' He hopes that his son's tragic story can spark a conversation about youth violence in the city, emphasizing that violence only begets more violence.
The family was informed by investigators that they plan to charge several students with murder in Jonathan's death. The Las Vegas Metro Police Department's homicide unit is currently investigating the incident, but no arrests have been made so far, according to the Las Vegas Review Journal. This devastating loss serves as a stark reminder of the devastating impact of youth violence and the urgent need for change.