Multiple Teens Charged With Killing Classmate

In Las Vegas, eight teenagers have been taken into custody following the severe assault and eventual death of 17-year-old Jonathan Lewis on November 1. Undersheriff Andrew Walsh announced on Tuesday that all eight teens would face charges for his murder.

Walsh urged parents and students from Lewis’ high school to come forward with any information that could help identify additional individuals involved in the attack.

Jonathan Lewis Sr., the victim’s father, is seeking public support and hopes that sharing his son’s story will help prevent similar tragedies.

Lieutenant Jason Johansson of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Unit provided details about the incident. He described the assault on Lewis as a mob attack, occurring just one block east of Rancho High School, where Lewis was a student. Johansson highlighted the brutality of the attack, noting that it involved around ten individuals from Rancho High School.

A passerby found Lewis unconscious in an alley after the attack and brought him back to the school. A subsequent 911 call led to his transportation to the University Medical Center (UMC), where it was determined that he would not recover from his severe injuries.

Johansson mentioned that a video of the incident, widely circulated on social media, graphically depicts about ten people kicking, stomping, and punching Jonathan while he lay defenseless on the ground, leading to him losing consciousness.

The lieutenant revealed that the altercation was apparently over a pair of stolen wireless headphones and possibly a vape pen, belonging to a friend of the victim, which had been taken earlier in the week.

After school on the day of the attack, all involved parties went to the back alley where the initial one-on-one fight escalated rapidly into a group assault.

On November 7, Lewis’ family informed the police that he was declared brain dead. An autopsy confirmed that the cause of death was blunt-force trauma homicide. In the investigation following the incident, search warrants led to the discovery of clothing worn by several suspects during the attack at multiple residences.