VIDEO: Nevada teenager Jonathan Lewis who was severely beaten by gang of youths dies in hospital with his father by his side

Tuesday 14 November 2023

A teenager has died after being severely beaten by a group of youths outside of his Las Vegas high school.

Jonathan Lewis, a 17-year-old at Rancho High School died on Tuesday after succumbing to head injuries sustained in the attack that took place on 2 November.

Video of the assault shows him being repeatedly punched and kicked as he struggles to find his feet.

Lewis's father told reporters his son had died defending a friend who had allegedly been robbed by the group and thrown in a bin.

Describing his son as a kind, loving and gentle young man who was a "champion of love," he said: "One of his smaller friends had something stolen by this group of fifteen.

Jonathan Lewis, 17, died after the assault on 2 November

"They threw the small boy in the trash can. Our son confronted them and he was attacked. Violence begets more violence and these children don’t even know what they’re doing half the time.

"I hope there’s a way that can find forgiveness in their heart and find a way to be able to come to terms with what they’ve done."

Las Vegas police are examining the footage but no arrests have been made.

Video of the assault was posted to social media

In the clip, one of Lewis' friends can be seen receiving a blow to the back of the head attempting to rescue the boy from the fray.

Police who arrived at the scene found the youth lifeless and bleeding from a head wound. He was put on life support at Nevada's University Medical Centre as doctors tried to save his life.

Lewis' father said he had not left his son's side during his two week stay at the hospital in hopes he would awake.

Lewis's father holds his son's hand in hospital

Lewis was living with with his mother in Las Vegas when he was assaulted and his family is raising funds to support a legal claim action against the perpetrators