Teen dies after Fourth of July beach brawl

2011-07-06T18:45:00Z 2011-07-07T15:00:14Z Teen dies after Fourth of July beach brawlBy Times Staff nwitimes.com
July 06, 2011 6:45 pm  • 

LONG BEACH, Ind. | A holiday celebration turned tragic when a teen was assaulted and rushed to the hospital.

He was trying to break up a fight at a beach, according to NBC5.

Kevin Kennelly died Wednesday after suffering injuries at a beach celebration on the Fourth of July, officials said.

Kennelly, 17, of Chicago, was pronounced dead at 11:04 a.m Wednesday at Franciscan St. Anthony Health in Crown Point, the Lake County coroner's office said.

The cause and manner of death are pending an autopsy, a news release states.

The teen was at the beach in Long Beach when the fight broke out, police said.

Police responded to a call for a man down Monday at the beach and found Kennelly unconscious on the ground, the news release states.

Kennelly was transported to the hospital in Michigan City and later airlifted to Crown Point.

The teen was a pitcher in his first season on the varsity baseball team as a junior at Mount Carmel High School in Illinois. He also played on the school's soccer team.

"We're all devastated by this," Caravan baseball coach Brian Hurry said. "He was the ultimate team player. We've got a saying on our team that 'it's all about team,' and he embodied that. Whatever he could do to help the team, he would do it."

Police issued a warrant Wednesday for a Chicago man in connection with the fight.

James K. Mallecek, 19, faces three charges. The warrant was issued for aggravated battery as a Class B felony, involuntary manslaughter as a Class C felony and battery as a Class C felony.

Mallecek is not in custody, and police are asking anyone with information about this case to call (219) 874-4243.

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