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Video shows boy being punched and kneed during a school brawl in Brazil before dying at a hospital

Shocking video shows moment boy, 17, was fatally punched and kneed by a 15-year-old classmate during a high school brawl in Brazil before being rushed to hospital where he died

  • Mateus Leal, a 17-year-old student, died following a fight with two students at Frei Romeu Peréa High School in Pernambuco, Brazil, on Tuesday
  • Leal was approached by two students and pushed them away moments before he charged at a 15-year-old and exchanged punches
  • The teen then appeared to drive his knee into Leal’s abdomen or chest area before punching him
  • Leal crashed to the ground and fell unconscious before he was taken to a local hospital where doctors were unable to revive him and declared him dead  
  • The 15-year-old suspected of killing Leal remained in custody of his parents and is being investigated for manslaughter 

Distressing surveillance footage captured a 17 year-old boy being fatally beaten by a 15 year-old schoolmate at their school in Brazil.

The footage shows Mateus Leal and another classmate being approached by two students in a hallway at Frei Romeu Peréa High School in Curado, Pernambuco, on Tuesday morning.

One of the two students appears to have said something to Leal, who reacted by pushing him away. The two students kicked and swung at Leal, who attempted to defend himself.

Leal subsequently hands over his wireless headphones and a cellphone to the boy who was walking with him, then runs down the hallway and turns over an unknown object to another student.

Still image from a surveillance camera shows Mateus Leal (left) being approached by two students before he and one of the boys, aged 15, fought Tuesday at Frei Romeu Perea High School in Pernambuco, Brazil. Leal was punched and kneed before the crashed to the ground and became unconscious. He was rushed to a local hospital and declared. An autopsy report is pending

Still image from a security camera at Frei Romeu Peréa High School in the northeast Brazilian city of Curado shows the 15-year-old boy standing Mateu Leal before he lost passed out after he had been kneed and punch during a fight Tuesday. The 17-year-old Leal was taken to a local hospital and declared dead after doctors were unable to revive him

Still image from a security camera at Frei Romeu Peréa High School in the northeast Brazilian city of Curado shows the 15-year-old boy standing Mateu Leal before he lost passed out after he had been kneed and punch during a fight Tuesday. The 17-year-old Leal was taken to a local hospital and declared dead after doctors were unable to revive him

Officials at Frei Romeu Peréa High School in Pernambuco, Brazil, initially said Mateu Leal was involved in a playful fight with students before he fell unconscious and had to be rushed to a local medical facility where doctors declared him dead

Officials at Frei Romeu Peréa High School in Pernambuco, Brazil, initially said Mateu Leal was involved in a playful fight with students before he fell unconscious and had to be rushed to a local medical facility where doctors declared him dead

Leal is seen moments later running towards the two boys and exchanges punches with the 15-year-old student, who has not been named. During the fight, the teenager appears to drive his knee into Leal’s abdomen or chest area before he delivers a punch that sent Leal crashing to the pavement.

After walking away from the brawl, the suspected killer walks up to an unconscious Leal and lifts up his head and drags him from the middle of the school hallway while another student went to seek help.

Leal was taken to a nearby medical facility where doctors pronounced him dead after the were unable to revive him. 

The Department of Education said 15-year-old was interviewed by authorities with his mother present and remained in the custody of his parents. He is being investigated for manslaughter. 

The Institute of Forensic Medicine had not provided his cause of death as of Friday.

Edson Leal spoke to TV Globo and dismissed the school's claim that his son, Mateu Leal, was play fighting with the student who punched and kneed him before he fell unconscious and was rushed to a hospital where he died.

Edson Leal spoke to TV Globo and dismissed the school’s claim that his son, Mateu Leal, was play fighting with the student who punched and kneed him before he fell unconscious and was rushed to a hospital where he died.

Mateus Leal, 17, lies unconscious following a fight with a 15-year-old student at a school Pernambuco, Brazil, on Tuesday before he was taken to a local and died

Mateus Leal, 17, lies unconscious following a fight with a 15-year-old student at a school Pernambuco, Brazil, on Tuesday before he was taken to a local and died

The school initially said the students had been involved in a fighting game of sorts, but Leal’s grieving dad Edson said the incident was far more serious – with the surveillance footage later vindicating his claims.

‘Mateus was a very calm boy. He lived in the church,’ Leal told TV Globo. ‘It was never reported to me that he had a problem at school. We were surprised by what happened. According to the teacher’s report, Mateus was not (involved fighting at school).’

Leal said his son had heart surgery 17 days after he was born and was under medication for a year before doctors took him off the medicine.

‘He played ball, rode a bicycle. He was never bothered by this (heart) problem. I think it happened because of the (blow from the) knee,’ he said. 

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