A boy died on Sunday after being punched in the head by a group of strangers in a fight at a suburban Chicago school, authorities said.
The boy, 7, was being treated at the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center after being transported from the school to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Illinois, where he was pronounced dead.
Police said they were called to the school in the 2500 block of North LaSalle Avenue shortly after 9 a.m. for reports of a brawl.
A witness told police a group that included two boys were fighting in the playground.
One of the boys, who was 8, fell to the ground, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
Another boy, 5, and a 6-year-old boy also sustained injuries.
The other boy was treated at Advocate Christ.
Both boys were charged with aggravated battery and resisting arrest.
The hospital said in a statement that it was “devastated” to learn of the boy’s death and said counselors were being provided to staff and students.
“We will work to ensure the safety and well-being of all students and staff during this difficult time,” the statement said.
Police released surveillance video of the incident.
In the video, the boy is seen crying as he is kicked in the chest.
A group of other boys, one of whom was the victim, is seen throwing punches.
One man who was punched in his head also suffered a broken nose.
The Illinois Department of Public Health said it has launched an investigation.
“We will conduct an extensive review of the circumstances surrounding the death and will provide information to the State Attorney’s Office,” spokeswoman Amy Burdine said in an email.
The school district did not immediately respond to a request for comment.