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Apr 14th, 2005, 03:19 PM
13-year-old kills 15-year-old with baseball bat

Young suspect may face murder charge for Palmdale attack

By Ben Fox, Associated Press

PALMDALE - A 13-year-old pitcher whose baseball team, the Angels, had just lost for the first time this season was being teased at the concession stand when witnesses said he pulled out a bat and clobbered his 15-year-old antagonist.
Now he could face a murder charge.

The teen, whose name was not released, was arrested Wednesday for investigation of murder and was being held at Antelope Valley Juvenile Hall as authorities prepared to take the case to prosecutors.

He is suspected of killing spectator Jeremy Rourke, 15, after the Tuesday night game.

Despite the fight, the boys had no history of problems, said Tony Trevino, coach of the opposing Dodgers.

"That's what's so shocking and so appalling," he said. "What happened? What did we miss as a community? What did we miss as parents."

A friend outside the Rourke home said the family had no immediate comment about the attack in the desert city about 40 miles northeast of Los Angeles.

The suspect was the starting pitcher when his team was beaten for the first time in eight games by the Dodgers, a team that went into the game with a 1-6 record.

Deputies declined to provide further details of the attack.

Ryan Gosporra, 15, said the incident began when his friend Rourke cut in front of the suspect in the snack bar line. Neither he nor Trevino saw the attack that occurred after the last game of the night with about 40 people at the field.

But Trevino, 50, said witnesses told him the two boys teased each other before the suspect pulled a bat from his bag and hit Rourke in the knees, then the head.

Earlier, the suspect had appeared upset about the game but nothing seemed out of the ordinary, said Trevino, a retired rehabilitation therapist. The boy was known for being competitive but did not have a reputation for being violent, he said.

Rourke was white and the suspect is black, but "racism had nothing to do with it," Trevino said. "This is a behavior problem not a racial problem."

After the attack, Trevino saw the suspect standing against a fence with his parents. "He looked scared. He was in shock," the coach said.

Other onlookers said the 13-year-old seemed dazed after the incident.

"He just didn't realize it, it just happened and before you know it and then like I say, I told him, 'What did you do, why did you do that?"' parent Sam Cordova told Fox 11 News.

"I could see it in his eyes that it was starting to sink in, oh my gosh, what did I do?" Cordova said.

The Palmdale Pony League field has a sign recruiting boys 5 to 14 and encouraging parents to "Protect Our Nation's Youth."

Parent Jorge Morey, 37, said he was stunned that the attack occurred in such a respectable league.

"It's a real family atmosphere. That's what I like about it," he said.

League officials said play would be suspended at the field for several days.

"We're really in a state of shock over this whole thing," league President Ken Curtis said. Rourke had been a junior umpire and his father is a past president of the league.

A memorial was held at Highland High School, where Rourke attended classes. Students shared memories, and a bundle of pink and black balloons was released.

"He's just a funny kid. He liked to make people smile," Gosporra said. "You could be in the worst mood and he would make you laugh."

Is there a thread on this already? I couldn't find one....

But my god, what a horrible story. That poor kid who died. :sad:

Apr 14th, 2005, 04:23 PM
Send the little fucker to jail

Josh B.
Apr 14th, 2005, 05:32 PM
OMG!! What a little piece of shit!!


Apr 14th, 2005, 07:03 PM
What a horribal way to die.
But its kinda pathetic losing to a team whos 1-6 after your team has been undefeated.

Da Bizzness
Apr 14th, 2005, 07:49 PM

Apr 14th, 2005, 09:24 PM
Holy shit :eek:

From this article it sounds as though the guy acted completely out of character and I really feel quite sorry for him. He's just done the worst thing he'll ever do in his life, and he'll quite possibly spend the rest of it behind bars. It's the most terrible incident, the trajic loss of life, and possibly the loss of two; I don't think life behind bars can really be called much of a life.

It's the most terrible incident. I feel so sorry for everyne involved, and I can only wonder how someone with no history of violence could suddenly have flipped and committed such a despicable act.

Apr 14th, 2005, 10:26 PM
Oh My god! :eek: that is soooo stupid!

Apr 14th, 2005, 10:39 PM
Maria !?

Dirty Sanchez
Apr 14th, 2005, 10:49 PM
Yeah..... I can't believe this happened!

the cat
Apr 14th, 2005, 11:23 PM
This a is a terrible story that makes you go oh my God! :eek: :sad: The importance of sports and winning on every level in America seems to have gotten way out of hand. :(

Apr 14th, 2005, 11:32 PM
This a is a terrible story that makes you go oh my God! :eek: :sad: The importance of sports and winning on every level in America seems to have gotten way out of hand. :(

In america??? you gotta be kidding right? Look at all the people who have been killed at football games over in europe or pretty much anywhere in the world besides here.

Apr 14th, 2005, 11:53 PM
Looks like someones parents put too much pressure on them to win.

Apr 14th, 2005, 11:54 PM
:lol: Yes since the little lead games are SOO important :rolleyes: I cant believe that happened!

Apr 15th, 2005, 12:00 AM
:lol: I've seen parents fight refs and shit over little league and peewee games. It's so pathetic. No wonder by the time we all get old we need nerve pills, just watch the parents. :eek:

Apr 15th, 2005, 12:11 AM
That's a terrible story. I don't know who not to feel sorry for.

Apr 15th, 2005, 03:19 AM

:lol: sorry but that literally made me fall out of my chair.

just goes to show you that you shouldn't tease people.

Crazy Canuck
Apr 15th, 2005, 03:51 AM
No. It goes to show you that some people need to develop a thicker skin.

Or.. it shows you that simplifying the issue into a statement such as this or the one in the post above is ridiculous.

Your call :)

Apr 15th, 2005, 03:57 AM
If you wanna see something sick go to the forum at ogrish.com and look what they have to say about it. that site makes me sick.

Feb 5th, 2006, 01:56 AM
Omg! I don't know if you guys watch "Close to Home" on CBS, but they made an episode about this! There were many twists. Anyone knows what happened to this child?! :sad:

Feb 5th, 2006, 03:14 PM
terrible...:( I feel bad for all involved. It's an unfortunate incident....we don't know what was said......that lead up to it....of course there is nothing that anyone can say that would make them worthy of death but I'm sure that 13yo didn't think hitting him would kill him. :sad:

Feb 5th, 2006, 03:18 PM
oh and I don't think he hit him *just* because he lost the match....in the article it says Rourke cut the kid off in line...so it seems that it was an argument after but we don't really know if it was strictly about losing.

It reminds of that scene in Bad News Bears ( no not the billy bob thorton shit version but the original ) where Lupus is eating at the snack stand and the pitcher from the #1 team comes up and harrasses him and Tanner defends Lupus but they stuff Tanner in the trash can....and Lupus is like, my Hero! :hearts: ;)

Feb 5th, 2006, 03:20 PM
isn't it ironic?
one member of the angels kills a spectator. :shrug:

Feb 5th, 2006, 03:21 PM
I'm with Kart and Rocketta on this. I feel sorry for both sides. Tragic.

Feb 5th, 2006, 04:28 PM
for reading the article it sounds like there were other people around during the attack??

clearly the suspect killer need some time in the slammer but so do the people who just watched it happen

Feb 5th, 2006, 07:58 PM
Omg! I don't know if you guys watch "Close to Home" on CBS, but they made an episode about this! There were many twists. Anyone knows what happened to this child?! :sad:

that was what i thought about after reading the story. that was the only episode i've seen so far.