A boy whose head struck a pillar after being punched by two other students at Landmark Middle School in Moreno Valley, California, has died of his injuries.
The 13-year-old boy, Diego, was pronounced clinically dead Tuesday night, Sept. 24, as a result of the injuries he sustained in the attack on Sept. 16, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department announced in a Facebook post.
His family plans to donate Diego’s organs “to transform this tragedy into the gift of life for other children,” CBS Los Angeles reported.
The video of the fight at school posted on social media shows two 13-year-old students punching Diego. Diego’s head hits a concrete pillar as he falls to the ground. The student who threw the first punch struck him again and then ran away.
The two students involved in the attack were arrested on Monday, Sept. 16 and remain in the custody of Riverside County Juvenile Hall, facing prosecution for the assault.
At Wednesday’s meeting with sheriff’s deputies and school resource officers, hundreds of parents of Landmark Middle School students said that they have been angry over the Moreno Valley Unified School District’s handling of bullying cases.
The district will provide additional counselors and support personnel on campus to help students, employees, and families, public information officer Anahi Velasco said in an email.
“As we mourn together, we also want to come together to find solutions and to take the necessary steps so that tragic incidents like this do not happen again,” Velasco said.
A community meeting scheduled for Thursday evening has been postponed. The district will instead hold a remembrance ceremony for Diego at Landmark Middle School from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., according to KTLA 5.