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A man who died at a Maryland fair, after an unprovoked attack, it may have been the victim of a dangerous fad called the “knockout game,” according to the report.
Two brothers, 15 and 16, were arrested in connection with the attack on Friday at the Great Frederick Fair in Frederick, authorities said. She is being held on assault charges.
Frederick County State Attorney Charlie Smith told The Frederick News-Post, the abuse may be as a result of the “knock out game” where the participants make a video of himself sucker-punching a target that they will post on social media.
He told the paper he heard about the video of the attack circulated online.
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Deputies found the victim lying unconscious on the ground, according to a news release on Saturday from the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office.
Police responded to the scene and interviewed numerous witnesses who indicated that the person who was attacked was the victim of an unprovoked attack,” the news release said. “As a result of the investigation, two juvenile suspects were identified and later located and arrested by the Sheriff’s Office.
Frederick County Sheriff Charles Jenkins has determined that the victim, John Weed, 59, of Fox 5 D.C. Monday, it has been reported. He died of his injuries on Saturday.
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They also told the station that the charges against the brothers, which could be upgraded to manslaughter or murder.
He hopes to have the pair charged with hate crimes. The victim was white, authorities said. The defendants are all black.
“This was a vicious, unprovoked attack, the attack itself, but the fact is that, after the man, they spit on him, repeatedly. I’m so sick and I am angry, I am sad for the family,” he said, according to the station.
The station quoted one of the father of the two boys, saying that the witness and his two sons told him the incident began when a fight breaks out between the teens and the man and one of their friends, then asked the man for money.
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He said that the man spit on one of his sons, before one of them threw a punch, which led to the man’s death, the station reported.