A 13-YEAR-old boy has died a week after he was allegedly sucker-punched in the head by two school bullies.
The pupil, named as Diego, was pronounced dead on Tuesday after suffering horrific injuries in the attack last Monday.
Distressing footage, which was recorded by an onlooker, allegedly shows two students punching Diego at Landmark Middle School in Moreno Valley, California.
Diego was allegedly hit by one student in the face then punched in the side of the head by another.
The impact caused him to fall backwards and hit his head against a concrete pillar, reports claim.
He was then rushed to hospital – but succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday night.
The two students involved in the attack, who are both aged 13, remain in custody following their earlier arrests on suspicion of assault.
Their identities were not revealed due to their ages.
Diego’s traumatised classmates have told how the boy was bullied, including on social media.
His family is reportedly planning to donate his organs “to transform this tragedy into the gift of life for another child”.
A remembrance ceremony is being planned at the middle school for Thursday at 6pm.
Counsellors will be available to speak with students, teachers and community members.
“Our community and the Moreno Valley Unified School District family has suffered an immeasurable loss,” said Martinrex Kedziora, Moreno Valley Unified School District superintendent.
“On behalf of the Board of Education, I want to send my deepest condolences to the family and friends of our beloved student.”
Moreno Valley Mayor Yxstian Gutierrez said: “On behalf of the City Council, I want to extend my sincere condolences to Diego’s family and friends.
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“No one should have to endure the pain of such a terrible loss.
“This is a life-changing tragedy for everyone involved, including the staff and students at Landmark Middle School.”
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call sheriff’s Investigator Joshua Manjarrez at (951) 955-2777.
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