LEBANON COUNTY, Pa. (WHTM) – A 13-year-old boy has died after a shooting in South Lebanon Township.
According to the Lebanon County District Attorney’s office, officers responded to the 300 block of Vine Street in the evening of Feb. 15 for reports of shots fired. The boy, named Jason Rivera, was found with gunshot wounds after being gunned down in a parking lot.
Officials did not disclose information on suspects. But District Attorney Pier Hess Graf says her office will not stop until they find the killer.
Get daily news, weather, breaking news and alerts straight to your inbox! Sign up for the abc27 newsletters here.
Jason Rivera passed away at the hospital on Tuesday night, officials said during a Thursday press conference. The family and law enforcement then pleaded with the community to come forward to law enforcement as soon as possible.
“If anyone knows anything please whatever little thing you think it might be even if it’s not important please come out and say something,” Jason’s grandmother said.
The District Attorney wouldn’t give other information about Rivera’s death, per the wishes of the family. Officials are saying, however, that this isn’t a random act of violence. The District Attorney calls it a “senseless” and “brutal” incident.
“When you look at this little boy this 13-year-old boy, every person in this community should be on the same page. This child, no child, deserves to suffer in the way this child did. And this family deserves justice. This family deserves to face Jason’s killer, and for that killer to be held accountable,” Lebanon County District Attorney Pier Hess Graf said.
Rivera was a student at Lebanon Middle School and his family said he loved sports and video games.
“He was full of life. He would make anybody’s day better,” Jason’s aunt said. “He was smart, funny, outgoing.”
Jason’s family said he had his whole life ahead of him, his grandmother remembering the last time she saw him, just a few days before his death.
“Before he left my house on Sunday to go watch the Super Bowl, he said, ‘Grandma, I love you, and I’ll see you next weekend,’” she said.
The case is being investigated by the Lebanon County Detective Bureau, Lebanon County District Attorney and South Lebanon Township Police.
See our update from 12pm on Feb. 17:
See our breaking news coverage from Feb. 16:
Stay up to date on the latest from abc27 News on-air and on the go with the free abc27 Mobile app.