UNION GAP, WA (AP) — Prosecutors say they won’t press charges against a teenage boy who fatally stabbed another teenager at an eastern Washington mall last summer.
Yakima County Prosecuting Attorney Joe Brusic said Friday that the death of Davis Reyes Jr. was a “clear-cut case of self-defense,” according to the Yakima Herald-Republic.
The decision is based on evidence found in a months-long investigation by the Union Gap police department, which included surveillance video from the Valley Mall and cellphone video of the fight in a restroom between the two boys on July 6.
Authorities said a 15-year-old boy identified by his initials as T.C. were with two friends when Reyes confronted him for wearing a Houston Rockets hat and red shirt.
The color red is associated with Norteño gangs while Reyes, 16, and his group of four others were wearing blue, which is associated with Sureño street gangs.
The group in blue was seen following T.C. and his friends though a department store and into a public restroom.
Cellphone video shows they attacked T.C., who then pulled out a knife and stabbed Reyes as the group in blue threatened to pull a gun.