Murder Investigation Underway in Death of Riverside Teen Lareanz Simmons

Investigation now considered murder

View Comments (


    Lareanz Simmons, 14, was shot outside a relative's home in Riverside.

    Lareanz Simmons, the 14-year-old Riverside boy who was shot while walking home from a friend's house, has been declared dead by Riverside police.

    Developing Story: For the latest updates, follow @CraigNBCLA on Twitter

    The Poly High School student was hospitalized in critical condition Thursday, and placed on life support.

    Although the teen was still on life support Tuesday -- as doctors worked to donate his organs -- police have declared him dead, meaning the shooting investigation is now classified as a murder, according to police.

    Riverside Teen Shot Near His Home

    [LA] Riverside Teen Shot Near His Home
    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.

    Funeral arrangements are still being made, with a service possibly scheduled for Friday, sources said.

    The city of Riverside has posted a $25,000 reward for a tip that leads to an arrest or conviction in the shooting.

    Police have not released a possible motive in the shooting.

    Simmons was walking near a relative's home Thursday on Georgia Street in Riverside when a man got out of a vehicle and fired at least six rounds.

    Anyone with information about the case was asked to call police at 951-353-7105.

    Follow NBCLA for the latest LA news, events and entertainment: Twitter: @NBCLA // Facebook: NBCLA