Eight Teens Arrested in Beating Death of Las Vegas High School Student

Eight teenagers have been arrested in connection with the death of a 17-year-old boy who was brutally beaten near his high school earlier this month.

Since the fatal beating of Jonathan Lewis on Nov. 1, eight suspects have been arrested on murder charges, Las Vegas Police Lt. Andrew Walsh said at a news conference Tuesday.

The suspects are all juveniles, between the ages of 13 and 17, officials said. Although eight have been arrested, authorities said based on video of the incident, 10 people appear to be involved. Only eight have been positively identified.

The beating happened after school in an alley just a block away from Rancho Middle School. Homicide Lt. Jason Johansson said all involved “were students” at the high school.

He said the fight was sparked by a pair of stolen wireless headphones and “possibly” a stolen marijuana pen. These items had either been taken by Lewis or his friend, Mr Johansson, he added, and they had agreed to fight in the back alley after school.

The video shows about 10 people “kicking, stomping and punching” while Lewis is lying on the ground “not defending himself,” the homicide lieutenant said.

After the fight, he was lying “unconscious and unresponsive” and a bystander carried him back to the high school, prompting the 911 call, Mr. Johansson said. The 17-year-old was taken to a hospital, where officials learned he had suffered “non-survivable head trauma,” he added.

On November 7, Lewis was medically declared brain dead. His death was ruled a homicide as a result of blunt force trauma.

The video circulating on social media is “extremely disturbing,” Walsh said, adding that it serves as a reminder to teenagers that their actions have “life-changing consequences.” Mr Johansson called the video a “void of humanity”.

Officials said they plan to send out images of the two people, who have not been identified, in hopes the public can help. That investigation “is not over,” Lt. Johansson said.

Lewis' family started a GoFundMe page. has already raised over $100,000.

His family wrote on a memorial website: “Jonathan was a hero who tried to help a younger child who was being bullied and 15 people attacked him with brazen violence and our beloved son was beaten to death! Jonathan was an aspiring artist, a kind, loving, caring and generous young man who had his whole life ahead of him and will be loved and cherished forever every day every moment!”