SJ Teen Killed in Park ID'd

SJ teen beaten to death in Rosevelt Park identified.

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    NEWSLETTERS

    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. (Published Wednesday, May 2, 2012)

    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.