Counselors Expected at Riverside High School as Teen Remains on Life Support

Lareanz Simmons remains on life support after being shot in the head by an unknown assailant in Riverside

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    Lareanz Simmons had borrowed a video game from a neighbor when he was shot while walking home. NBC 4's Craig Fiegener reports from Riverside. (Published Sunday, Feb 26, 2012)

    Grief counselors are expected to arrive at Poly High School in Riverside on Monday for students after a shooting that left student Lareanz Simmons fighting for his life in a local hospital.

    The news comes as the family said they plan to take the 14-year-old off life support after his organs are donated.

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    "We have had the opinion of two different doctors, and it's not good," said Sonya Stuart-Watson, Lareanz's aunt, adding that a funeral is being planned.

    Riverside City Council Member Andy Melendrez, who represents the area where Lareanz lives, said grief counselors will be at Poly High School on Monday.

    The drama went down on Thursday about 6 p.m. near the home of a relative on Georgia Street in Riverside, police said.

    A gunman got out of a car and fired up to six shots, hitting Lareanz as he was walking home from a friend’s house.

    The gunman disappeared and no arrests have been made.

    Lareanz was hospitalized in critical condition.

    Police had no motive and said Lareanz did not appear to be tied to a gang, but police aren't ruling out the possibility the shooting was gang related.

    Anyone with information was asked to call Detective Ron Sanfilippo at (951) 353-7105.

    Correction: An earlier version of this story erroneously reported the shooting happened on Friday. The incident happened Thursday, Feb. 23.

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