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Boy beaten to death, family said, over stolen video game system accusations

Posted at 7:59 AM, May 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-21 07:59:54-04

MILWAUKEE (WISN/CNN) – A mother is grieving for her 15-year-old son, Dennis King, and police are investigating his brutal death as a homicide.

Dozens gathered for a vigil Sunday night where the victim's mother says her son's body was found and where neighbors say the James Madison High School freshman was attacked.

On Saturday, police had issued a mission person's alert for Dennis, The alert was canceled on Sunday morning.

"Oh my God, I just can't believe this happened to my baby. He didn't deserve this. He didn't. He was a good kid," said Dombanee Lincoln, the victim's mother. "He was a smart kid. He liked playing basketball. He was really sweet. He was kind-hearted. He liked to do art."

The teen's mother told us she didn't want to talk about details of the investigation. But earlier, family members said the teen was beaten to death and his body dumped over accusations of a stolen video game system.

Family members thanked police for taking several people into custody, though the police department hasn't yet confirmed the details shared by the family members.

On the family's GoFundMe page for funeral expenses, his mom wrote, "This is the worst news I could ever hear about my young son who had plans on being an artist and a basketball player. His life was taken due to a senseless act of violence."

"I know we're all hurting. We're all upset. We're all mad. We've got mixed emotions. But let's honor him, OK? Let's honor him with love," said David King, the victim's relative.

"He was caring about others. He liked to help others, no matter what it was. He'd help you, regardless of what it was," Lincoln said.

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