Murder Investigation Underway in Death of Riverside Teen Lareanz Simmons

Investigation now considered murder

By Olsen Ebright and Craig Fiegener
|  Tuesday, Feb 28, 2012  |  Updated 4:26 PM PDT
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Lareanz Simmons, 14, was shot outside a relative's home in Riverside.

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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.
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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.

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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.

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.

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