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Teen identified in fatal Trenton beating

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Authorities say an 18-year-old recent immigrant from Guatemala was beaten to death while sitting on his steps in Trenton.

It happened around 6:45 p.m. on South Clinton Avenue. Officials say the victim is identified as Julio Cesar Cruz.

Cruz just arrived from Guatemala a month ago.

"He was a very good guy, one of the best guy's I've met. He was funny and was a hard worker," said Cristan Lopez, friend.

Cruz had just gotten a sandwich from the store and reached the doorstep of his home, when he was attacked.

The prosecutor's office says witnesses saw two men grab and throw Cruz to the ground.

"He pounded on the door and cried for help. Many people inside saw that he was hurt and called for help. Several individuals from inside the house came to assist the young man," said Jim Scott, Assistant Mercer County Prosecutor.

Witnesses rushed to help and the suspects fled. Medics rushed Cruz to the hospital where he later died.

Friends say he came for the American Dream. Cruz moved here to make money to send home to his family but now friends are working to raise money to send him home for a proper burial.

Meanwhile robbery is believed to have been the motive. Police continue to look for witnesses and the suspects.

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