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ORANGE PARK – Investigators went door-to-door Monday asking neighbors if they saw a fight between nine boys Saturday night that left a 13-year-old dead.
The Clay County Sheriff’s Office also was looking for anyone with video surveillance that could help it put together a timeline and a reason three groups of boys, ranging in age from 10 to 17, got into a brawl in the front yard of a home on Debbie Lane.
According to Sheriff Michelle Cook, two 13-year-old boys were inside the house when four other boys started pounding on the door and windows to instigate a fight. The boys inside the home called three friends who showed up and began fighting in the front yard. One of the boys inside the home joined in the fracas, Cook said.
By the time sheriff’s office deputies arrived, five had suffered knife wounds. One died the next morning and two still have serious injuries. The other two were treated and released from either Wolfson Children’s Hospital or the Orange Park Medical Center. The 13-year died at Wolfson.
“It’s tough. It’s the week of Thanksgiving and instead of being thankful, we have a family of a 13-year-old child who has to plan a burial, a funeral,” Cook said. “That’s extremely, extremely sad. I grieve for the families.”
Parents at Orange Park Junior High said the number of fights, particularly last week, in the school was growing out of control.
Cook said the investigation still is in the early stages and her agency was working to see if there were any connections between the fight Saturday night or the physical tension at the school.
Cook said the confrontation started at 7:30 p.m. and that no adults were home at the time. The boys who were banging on the door and windows were between 10 and 14 years old. The three boys who came to back up the boys inside were 13 to 17.
The boy who died of his injuries were either one of the four starting the fight or one of the three who came in defense of their friends, Cook said.
The first 911 call came in at 8:25 p.m., Cook said.
The parents of all nine were notified and the identities are known. Cook also said the boys were cooperating. None of the identities, including the boy who was killed, were released.
“Any young person who feels threatened in any way, call 911,” Cook said. “I wish these young men would’ve called 911 instead of their friends.”