Three Teens Charged in Beating Death of Another Teen

By The Associated Press
The Associated Press
The Associated Press
December 9, 2016 Updated: December 9, 2016

Authorities say three teens have been arrested and charged in the October beating death of another teen in an upscale Orlando-area suburb.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that two 15-year-old boys are facing manslaughter and battery charges, and a 14-year-old boy has been charged with tampering with a witness.

Winter Park Police Lt. Pam Marcum says 15-year-old Roger Trindade got into a confrontation with the other boys Oct. 15 and was brain dead by the time he arrived at a hospital. He was taken off life support two days later.

Marcum says investigators have known who was involved in the fight but were waiting for the medical examiner to confirm the cause of death before making an arrest.

Police haven’t released details about what led to the confrontation.

Trindade’s mother, who lives in Brazil, described the last words he told her.

“Every day, I suffer from a lack of that boy that illuminated my life. My son was murdered by these boys,” the unnamed woman wrote on her Facebook. “I’m going to pay a very high price every day of my life for not having my son with me. My penalty cannot be bigger than theirs.”

Epoch Times contributed to this report.