Homeless Man Killed In Brutal "Knockout Game"

Sadly, this wasn’t Santiago’s first brush with assault. 27 years ago, a brutal attack led to his homelessness. 19-year-old at the time, Santiago was a gymnast and break-dancer living the Bronx. His then-wife, Tracy, was eight months pregnant.

He was beaten by an unknown assailant, and spent a month in a coma. Afterwards, he experienced physical and emotional damage that eventually led to a divorce, possible drug and alcohol abuse, and eviction from his apartment.

Santiago's alleged murderers were caught on video, and have been arrested, according to the Hudson Reporter. Their names were not released by authorities. 

The game isn’t just happening in New Jersey. According to CBS News, St. Louis, New York City, and London have all reported similar assaults. In the latest string of attacks, several Jews were targetted in Brooklyn, including a 12-year-old boy on his way to Hebrew School. Many of the knockouts have been caught by security cameras and cell phones, and the footage has been popping up online. 

What do you think about the scary game? 

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Cristina Arreola, Associate Editor

Cristina Mari Arreola is the Associate Editor. Originally from El Paso, Texas, she earned her degree at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University before moving to New York City. In her downtime, you can usually find her scouring the city for the most authentic Mexican food (still looking), scaring herself silly watching horror movies, or frantically reading a novel from her (extremely lengthy) reading list. See what she's reading now on Goodreads, and follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

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