Jonathan Lewis was a 17-year-old high school student from Las Vegas who was severely beaten by a group of about 15 people outside his school on November 1, 2023.
He was taken to the hospital and remained on life support until he passed away from his injuries.
According to his father, Jonathan was targeted because he had tried to stand up for a smaller boy who was being bullied.
The attack was filmed by a bystander and the police are working to identify who took part in the beating, but no arrests have been made yet.
Jonathan was an aspiring artist interested in drawing, photography, and painting, and was considering joining the military like his grandfather who served in the U.S. Navy.
His father described him as “a loving, giving, kind, fierce young man who loved community and caring for others”.
Jonathan Lewis incident video
The video of the attack on Jonathan was reportedly filmed by a bystander and showed a large group swarming around the teen to beat and kick him as he lay on the ground.
The attack took place near Rancho High School, and no arrests have been made in connection with the incident.
The footage of the attack has been covered by local TV stations and shared on social media.
The police are continuing their efforts to identify everyone involved in the attack.
Was Jonathan Lewis’ attack racially motivated?
Jonathan’s tragic death has sparked discussions about race due to the circumstances of the attack.
The incident, in which Jonathan was severely beaten by a group of about 15 people, has led to conversations about race on social media platforms and in some news coverage.
Some individuals and accounts have highlighted the racial backgrounds of those involved in the attack, while others have expressed concerns about the portrayal of the incident in the media.
However, it’s important to note that authorities have not yet indicated that race was a factor in the attack.
The focus remains on identifying the individuals responsible for the assault, and the police are actively investigating the case.
Jonathan Lewis GoFundMe
A GoFundMe campaign organized by Jonathan’s family has surpassed its $25,000 goal, raising over $37,500 to cover medical costs and other expenses.
The campaign, titled, Heart of a Champion Our Son, describes Jonathan as “an aspiring artist, devoted big brother, and a fierce protector of loved ones”.
The funds raised are being split equally between the families of Jonathan’s mother and father.
The campaign also includes a statement from Jonathan’s father, recounting the events that led to the attack on his son, emphasizing Jonathan’s courageous nature in standing up for a smaller friend who was being bullied.
The family expressed gratitude for the outpouring of support and generosity from the community.
Despite the tragic loss, the campaign’s success reflects the widespread empathy and solidarity extended to Jonathan’s family during this difficult time.
JUST IN: Jonathan Lewis, a teenage boy who was beaten up by 15 students at a high school in Las Vegas, Nevada had died.
Throw them all in prison for life.
According to the boy's father, the brutal beating happened after 17 year old Jonathan Lewis stood up for one of his… pic.twitter.com/PCrA7iMe9t
— Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) November 12, 2023