14-Year-Old Boy Killed During Protests Against Government in Venezuela

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A 14-year-old boy was shot in the head and killed Tuesday during a protest against the government of Nicolas Maduro in western Venezuela.

Preliminary investigations suggest the school student, identified by the Associated Press as Kliverth Roa, was injured during a confrontation between police and protesters in the city of San Cristóbal, and died on the way to the hospital.

A photo and video of the student lying in a pool of blood, his backpack hanging over his shoulder, as a man frantically tries to staunch the bleeding rocketed around social media.

Venezuelan media is identifying the boy as Kluiver Ferney Roa Núñez.

Soon after the shooting, one of the more radical opposition parties called for a gathering in the capital, Caracas, Thursday to demand an investigation into the cases of students who have died at the hands of the government.

Residents of San Cristobal, a university town near the Colombian border known for its tendency toward protests, were outraged.

“How are you going shoot point blank at a student who’s just leaving school to go home?” asked Glenda Lugo. “We’re tired of this injustice.”

Ruling party officials swiftly condemned the killing and offered condolences to the family.

Interior Relations Minister Carmen Melendez pledged that the government would pursue Roa’s killer “relentlessly,” and said in a televised interview that a member of the national police had already admitted to shooting the student with a shotgun.

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SOURCE: Fox News Latino

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