Police and prosecutors are investigating whether to file criminal charges after a 10-year-old boy got into a fight at a California trampoline park and died days later.
Anthony Duran died Monday, days after suffering injuries at the Rockin’ Jump in Merced, police said. Merced is 135 miles east of San Francisco.
Family and friends gathered this week to mourn the young football player and boxer as family members raised money through a fundraising site for a proper burial after “Anthony Gained His Wings 4/16/23.”
“Anthony was a great kid,” family friend Nellie Barragan told ABC affiliate KFSN. “This was a very tragic situation because no mother should have to go through this.
“We’re going to miss Anthony. He was loved by everybody. He had the best smile ever. I’ll never forget it,” Barragan said.
Anthony’s teammates and coaches on the youth football team said they were retiring his number 90 and putting his image on a commemorative trophy, KFSN reported.
“He had the passion that any coach wants from a kid,” coach Jack Booker told the station. “And you loved coming out and training him every day because you knew he was going to grow and get better every day.”
Witnesses reported seeing Anthony playing basketball inside the trampoline park when he and another child got into a brief physical altercation, police said.
Anthony collapsed and the other child ran away, officials said. Anthony was taken to a hospital, where he died four days later, authorities said.
Police said they reviewed video surveillance that captured the incident and interviewed 35 people, including staff, parents and children, who were there when it happened.
“Additionally, detectives identified the other juveniles involved in the altercation and have been in contact with the parents throughout this investigation,” authorities said.
Detectives said they are working with medical personnel and the Merced County Coroner’s Office, which is conducting an autopsy to determine the cause of death.
Rockin’ Jump said in a statement that it was cooperating with authorities.
“We extend our deepest condolences to all grieving this tragic loss,” the statement said. “Guest safety and care is our top priority. Our entire team has been actively engaged throughout the investigation and will continue to work with local authorities.”
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