Moreno Valley, California – A 13-year-old boy whose head crashed into a concrete pillar after being beaten by another boy at a middle school died of his injuries, according to CBS Los Angeles. The attack was caught on video.
A vigil in his memory became tense, causing a school official to stay in locked-up school, which was guarded by MPs.
The boy, who was only identified as Diego, was pronounced Tuesday night for injuries sustained in a September 16 attack.
His family plans to donate Diego's organs, "to turn this tragedy into a gift of life for other children." Wednesday night, a vigil took place at the Landmark Middle School in the Moreno Valley, where Diego was a student. But mourning turned into trouble when the United Superintendent of Moreno Valley, dr. Martinrex Kedziora, arrived.
"We're here for Diego," a girl said in tears. "Diego lost his life today, Diego is not here anymore."
Hundreds of parents and students were at the picket in the city, 63 miles west of Los Angeles. It was marked by a small candlelight memorial at the gates of the school.
"What did the school district do?" Said one woman. "What did the school district do a week before, when the mother asked for her son's life? They did not do anything, where is the Superintendent?"
Kedziora briefly addressed the mourners, saying that his goal was to work with parishioners and support them, but some in the crowd questioned his sincerity.
"We are the community and you do not work with us," said a woman. "We are the community."
Others said Kedziora should step down because she felt there was a lack of action to stem a continuing problem with bullying behind closed doors when the Riverside County sheriff's deputies stood outside.
"I just hope that all this teaches the school district, because it's the one who has to do something about it," one woman said.
The Riverside County Procuratorate claimed that it had filed complaints against two teenagers charged with assault in connection with the attack.
Parents reported to the vigil that they petitioned the school district and planned to present their case Thursday night in front of Diego's memorial.