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Charges Upgraded To Manslaughter For Teens Involved In Moreno Valley Middle School Attack

Two teenagers are now being charged with voluntary manslaughter after a classmate they attacked died from his injuries. The 13-year-old victim, identified as Diego, died after being brutally attacked by two bullies at the Moreno Valley Landmark Middle School. A video on social media showed Diego with his arms at his sides when another boy sucker-punched him causing his head to hit the concrete. One week later, Diego died from his injuries after being in the hospital.

One attacker has pleaded not guilty to the upgraded charges of voluntary manslaughter.

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According to KCAL, both of the teenagers involved in the attack are now facing charges of voluntary manslaughter. One of the boys, who has not been identified because of his age, has pleaded not guilty in Riverside Juvenile Court.

The suspect’s attorney is arguing that the bully was himself being bullied and is demanding school records that will prove that fact.

“A culture was developed that fighting was just part of life there,” the suspect’s attorney David Wohl told KCAL. “It happened all the time.”

The school district is remembering Diego for the young man he was.

Rest in peace, Diego. There are a lot of people fighting to make sure you get the justice you deserve.

The death of Diego is sparking grief and anger on social media over the bullying he endured.

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“Our community and the Moreno Valley Unified School District family has suffered an immeasurable loss,” Martinrex Kedziora, Moreno Valley Unified School District superintendent, said at a press conference. “On behalf of the Board of Education, I want to send my deepest condolences to the family and friends of our beloved student.”

His family has shared their heartbreak on social media.

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News outlets have reported that Diego’s family is currently making plans to have his organs donated following the tragic death. According to reports, Diego’s death has been attributed to being punched and hitting his head against a concrete wall when he fell.

People on social media are sending their condolences to Diego’s family during this sad time.

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Diego’s death highlights the dangers and consequences of bullying. According to Stomp Out Bullying, 1 in 6 students are bullied in school. In the 21st century, bullying manifests in multiple ways. From cyberbullying to physical attacks, students face a myriad of attacks when they are the victim of bullying.

If you or someone you know is being bullied, speak up and let someone know before things get out of control. Your school should have a protocol in place to address the bullying before things get violent.

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