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3 teens charged in deadly Va. beating

A Lynchburg police official says the fatal beating of an 81-year-old Arizona man by three teenagers appears to be a random act.

Lynchburg Police Capt. Todd Swisher tells The News & Advance that George Leroy Baker III of Tempe, Ariz., was beaten Sunday and died Monday at a local hospital. Swisher says Baker suffered head injuries.

Two 16-year-olds and a 13-year-old were charged Tuesday with the murder of Baker.

Swisher says Baker was in Lynchburg for his granddaughter's wedding.

An affidavit filed in Lynchburg Circuit Court says witnesses told police they heard one of the teens say he would hit the first person he saw. According to the witnesses, the teen wanted to impress girls who were with him.

-- The News & Advance

By Washington Post Editors  |  September 8, 2010; 9:17 AM ET
Categories:  Homicide , Juvenile Justice , Virginia  
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"The teen wanted to impress girls who were with him"? What kind of girl wants to hang out with wimps like these and what kind of coward hits an 81 year old man? If that was our grandfather, some of my family members would personally beat the crap out of that punk to the point he would never know who or what hit him.

Posted by: gladiatorgal | September 8, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Gang Activity?

Posted by: 10bestfan | September 8, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Please give these teen morons the death penalty and make them die slowly and painfully.

Posted by: playahatah | September 8, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

I hope they charge the girls as well.

Posted by: MarilynManson | September 8, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Give them a life sentence. How senseless.

Posted by: jckdoors | September 8, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

The Death Penalty will bring peace and harmony to our society. This program really works. Trust me.

Posted by: Blueskies1 | September 8, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

For those who might read only a news outlet like this one, I offer the social- realism news that the attackers are black and the victim was white--as usual. (WA Post blog editor: surprise me, and print this.)

Posted by: Jimmychinga | September 11, 2010 8:13 AM | Report abuse

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