Family IDs Watts teen brutally beaten while enjoying birthday hamburger

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

A Watts family is asking for justice after revealing that the teen brutally beaten on Tuesday was Jason Rios, who was enjoying a hamburger for his 15th birthday.

On Tuesday, Rios went to the Habit Burger Grille at Freedom Plaza “while being so happy he could now go out on his own,” said Rios’ brother Humberto.

Jason Rios is shown in an undated photo provided by his family. (GoFundMe)

When he sat on the outdoor patio, four adults “struck him in the head” and “continued to beat and kick his lifeless body for no apparent reason,” Humberto Rios added.

No one stepped in to help, and the attackers “fled and left my brother for dead,” though Jason was able to call his mother before losing consciousness.

Jason is now at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center recovering, and on Thursday, he was able to breath again on his own for the first time since the attack.

However, he has a lengthy road to recovery ahead of him, and the Rios family has set up a GoFundMe to help with medical and legal costs.


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Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.