SJ Teen Killed in Park ID'd

SJ teen beaten to death in Rosevelt Park identified.

By Lisa Fernandez
|  Thursday, May 3, 2012  |  Updated 12:31 PM PDT
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A playground fight turned into a gang turf killing in the South Bay.  In the end, a 14-year-old boy is dead, left battered and broken on a basketball court.  Tonight, outrage and cries for the senseless killing to stop.  NBC Bay Area's George Kiriyama reports from San Jose.

A playground fight turned into a gang turf killing in the South Bay. In the end, a 14-year-old boy is dead, left battered and broken on a basketball court. Tonight, outrage and cries for the senseless killing to stop. NBC Bay Area's George Kiriyama reports from San Jose.

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The Santa Clara County Coroner on Thursday identified the boy who was beaten in Roosevelt Park on Friday night , and died a few days later, as 14-year-old Heriberto Reyes of San Jose.

The eighth grader at Bernal Intermediate School died Monday at Regional Medical Center.

Police have not released a motive for the 6:55 p.m. Friday attack, only than to say it likely was gang-related, and that the boy was the likely the innocent target of the savage beating.

The park, between Julian and Santa Clara streets, is a known gang hotspot.

The teen became the city's 13th homicide of 2012.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detectives Stewart Davies or Brian Spears at 408-277-5283.

Contact Lisa Fernandez at 408-432-4758 or lisa.fernandez@nbcuni.com. Follow her at Twitter.com/ljfernandez.

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