A California deputy district attorney says she could not a remember a homicide case involving defendants so numerous and so young -- six teenagers between the ages of 14 and 19 are charged as adults for the vicious murder of another teen.
Rin Ros, 14, died of cardiac arrest last Friday following an attack in a park in Stockton. Rin was beaten, kicked and stomped on by a group of boys. Friends found Rin and brought him back to his aunt's apartment.
"When he was brought to her house, he was already gone. He was bruised from head to toe, his face was all bloody," said cousin Sophal Kim.
The six teens, three of them 14, are charged as adults with first-degree murder. Charges also include street terrorism, indicating that investigators believe the death is gang related. Officers say the beating looks like it began as a grudge between two Southeast Asian gangs. Each teen is being held on $3.5 million bail.
“I don't recall a time when we had them this young and this number of defendants,” San Joaquin County Deputy District Attorney Tori Verber said after their arraignment on Tuesday.