Fifteen-year-old Charged in Beating Death of Abilene Homeless Man

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ABILENE, Texas — A 15-year-old boy has been charged with murder in the beating death of a homeless man, and police were seeking a second suspect who was possibly involved.

The boy, who has not been publicly identified because of his age, was arrested Monday and booked into the Taylor County Juvenile Detention Center, Abilene police Sgt. John Reid said.

Police have not identified the 48-year-old victim pending notification of family members.

"It seems like a senseless, violent act by people who have no respect for other people," Sgt. Tim Schmidt said. "It's just a brutal act, seemingly unprovoked."

The victim was found badly beaten early Saturday morning in an alley behind a homeless ministry center. Doctors removed him from life support on Sunday, police said.

Witnesses told police that two men in their late teens or early 20s assaulted the victim.

Crime Stoppers has offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to arrests in the crime.

Police have not released any information about a possible motive.

"It's obviously just a heinous thing to be victimizing the homeless," Schmidt said.