Some teens' idea of sport:
beating up homeless people
Police don't know much about August Felix. No one has come forward as family, so Orange County took care of his burial in Chapel Cemetery.
Five Orlando teenagers have been beating the homeless for sport.
They are now facing second-degree murder charges for allegedly beating a homeless man to death. In late March, the body of August Felix, 54, was found at an electric substation. He died 30 days later in the hospital.
"This attack was unprovoked. It never should have happened. Mr. Felix was a person in the wrong place at the wrong time," said Sgt. Rich Ring of the Orlando Police Department.
After their arrests, one of the teens said they were beating homeless people for fun.
The attack on Felix was not an isolated incident. "This group, actually, they were out there like predators looking for someone to beat on and their prey was unfortunately homeless people, and that actually led us to solve the case," Ring said.
Other homeless people told police that they had also been beaten up. The victims were able to identify a couple of the teen-agers, which led detectives to question all of the boys.
The only motivation for the attacks appears to be entertainment, Ring said.
Crimes against the homeless are on the rise nationally. See previous post here. Michael Stoops, executive director of the National Coalition for the Homeless, said there may be a perception among those who commit crimes against the homeless that "you can pick on homeless people and not worry about getting caught."
Read the Orlando Sentinel story here.