A 12-year-old boy in New York died after he was attacked twice at school for a dollar.
Romy Vilsaint lost consciousness at his home on Friday morning, he was taken to Kings County Hospital where he later died.
New York Police Department (NYPD) are now investigating if Romy had been attacked after declaring his death as ‘suspicious’.
The boy’s family say he had been attacked in the two days prior to his death at school.
Romy moved with his father from Haiti to Brooklyn in 2017, told a teacher that he had been attacked and that another student had been paid a dollar following the second attack which saw him hit hard on the back of the head.
‘He got jumped by two kids on Wednesday. And he got hit in the head on Thursday. There were two different attacks at school,’ 28-year-old Roodwiny Exantus, Romy’s cousin to The New York Post.
The attacks both happened just after pupils had been dismissed from school for the day.
‘When he reported it to the teacher, she asked who did it and why,’ Exantus said. ‘Romy said another kid paid him a dollar to do it.’
‘He was like, ‘Uncle, did I tell you today I had a bad day at school? A kid hit me in the back of the head, and I have a bad headache,” Exantus explained. ‘He said he had a slight headache and his waist hurt.’
‘He didn’t look good this morning. He vomited. My aunt had to help him in the shower. By 1pm. he looked bad, bad, bad.’
‘I wanted to take him to the hospital, but Uber was taking too long. He was begging for water. I called an ambulance. They arrived and said they were doing CPR and that’s when I knew he was gone. I couldn’t believe he was gone so fast.’