Las Vegas high school student beaten to death by 10 classmates between 13 and 17, police say

by Joshua Brown
Las Vegas high school violence

A 17-year-old student from a high school in Las Vegas tragically lost his life following a severe beating by ten of his schoolmates, ranging in age from 13 to 17. The incident, a result of a dispute over a stolen pair of headphones and a vape pen, occurred in an alley near the school after classes at Rancho High School had concluded.

Lieutenant Jason Johansson of the Las Vegas Police Homicide Unit shared that the victim, Jonathan Lewis Jr., was not initially meant to be part of the altercation. He accompanied a friend to the scene to confront the individuals responsible for stealing the friend’s belongings.

This brutal assault, which took place on November 1, was recorded and circulated extensively on social media. Johansson described the footage, in which Lewis is seen being swarmed and viciously attacked by the group, as profoundly lacking in humanity.

Authorities have since arrested eight of the assailants, all minors, on suspicion of murder. Their identities remain undisclosed due to their age. Efforts to identify and apprehend the remaining two suspects are ongoing, with the police seeking public assistance.

A makeshift memorial was set up at the scene of the crime, and Rancho High School’s principal, Darlin Delgado, has assured the availability of support and resources for those affected by this tragedy.

Scott Coffee, a seasoned deputy public defender, commented on the rarity of such a case involving multiple young co-defendants facing murder charges. He raised questions about the intent and the varying levels of responsibility among the attackers.

The legal process is underway to determine whether four of the accused, aged 16 or older, will be tried as adults. Similar considerations will be made for those under 16. Coffee emphasized that while the charges are currently the same, the outcomes for each defendant might differ based on their individual roles and intentions.

Following the attack, a bystander discovered the severely injured Lewis and transported him back to the school, where emergency services were contacted. Lewis succumbed to his injuries, including significant head trauma, a week later. The coroner ruled his death a homicide.

Jonathan Lewis Sr., the victim’s father, did not comment on the incident but expressed his grief and the loving nature of his son on a fundraising page set up for funeral and medical costs.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Las Vegas Student Homicide

What happened to the 17-year-old student in Las Vegas?

A 17-year-old student from Las Vegas was tragically beaten to death by ten of his schoolmates, aged between 13 and 17, over a dispute involving a stolen pair of headphones and a vape pen. The assault occurred in an alley near Rancho High School after classes.

Where did the incident involving the Las Vegas high school student take place?

The incident took place in an alleyway near Rancho High School in eastern Las Vegas, where the student was attacked by his classmates.

Was the victim initially intended to be part of the fight?

No, the victim, Jonathan Lewis Jr., was not originally supposed to be involved in the fight. He went to the alleyway to support his friend, whose headphones and vape pen had been stolen.

How did the authorities become aware of the incident?

The brutal assault was captured on a cellphone video and widely shared on social media, bringing it to the attention of the authorities.

What actions have been taken against the perpetrators?

Eight of the students involved were arrested on suspicion of murder. The authorities are still trying to identify the two remaining students who participated in the assault.

Has there been any legal development regarding the suspects?

Yes, a family court judge ordered four of the students, who are 16 or older, to be transferred to the adult court system. Hearings will determine if the younger students will also be charged as adults.

What was the cause of death of the student?

The student, Jonathan Lewis Jr., died from severe head trauma and other injuries sustained during the attack, and the coroner’s office ruled the beating a homicide.

What has been the community’s response to this incident?

A small memorial was set up at the crime scene, and the school principal announced the availability of support and resources for students and staff affected by the incident. The victim’s father also created a fundraising page for funeral and medical expenses.

More about Las Vegas Student Homicide

  • Las Vegas Student Fatal Beating
  • Rancho High School Incident
  • Juvenile Violence in Las Vegas
  • Legal Proceedings in Student Homicide Case
  • Community Response to Las Vegas Tragedy
  • Fundraising for Victim’s Family

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RachelM November 16, 2023 - 9:19 am

so young and already facing murder charges, its a tragedy all around.

KevinP November 16, 2023 - 11:24 am

This is a wake-up call, schools need to do more about bullying and violence.

Samantha L. November 16, 2023 - 1:07 pm

omg, can’t believe this happened in our city! so sad for the family 🙁

Mike Jons November 17, 2023 - 1:12 am

This is just terrible, how can kids be so violent? something needs to be done about this.

GaryT November 17, 2023 - 1:40 am

what’s happening with our youth today? where are the parents in all this??

Lisa R November 17, 2023 - 7:28 am

i read about this, it’s just heartbreaking. how did it even get this far…


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