Fatal beating of Orlando area teen investigated as suspicious death

Roger Trindade, 15, was jumped by a group of teens. WESH photos
Roger Trindade, 15, was jumped by a group of teens. WESH photos

WINTER PARK, Fla.(WESH) — A teenager severely beaten over the weekend was taken off life support and died Monday night, but police still don’t know exactly how he died.

Officers swarmed Central Park off Park Avenue in response to a report of a fight around 10 p.m. Saturday. Witnesses said the victim, identified as Roger Trindade, 15, was jumped by a group of teens.

Winter Park Police Chief Michael Deal said Trindade was unconscious when officers found him. The boy was taken to a hospital, where he was put on life support. Authorities said Trindade was removed from life support Monday night.

According to Deal, the boy showed little signs of trauma, and it’s still unclear what caused his death. Police said they don’t believe the incident was gang-related or racially-motivated.

No arrests have been made, but police tell WESH 2 News they have identified multiple juvenile suspects, some of whom are students at Winter Park High School where the victim also attended.

At a news conference Tuesday, Winter Park Mayor Steve Leary released the following statement from Trindade’s family:

“The Trindade family is very thankful for all of the extended community’s thoughts and prayers. The family has requested privacy at this time to mourn the loss of their son.”

Friends said Trindade moved to Central Florida from Brazil a year ago.

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