SAN JOSE -- A 16-year-old boy who was reportedly beaten and shot by a gang mob in broad daylight in an East San Jose neighborhood Wednesday has died from his injuries, authorities said.
San Jose police said that Manuel Urzua of San Jose died at a hospital Thursday afternoon. It was the 25th homicide of the year and the eighth one considered to be gang-related.
The attack was reported just after 6 p.m. in the 1600 block of Virginia Avenue, about a block from the intersection of Story and King roads and shadowed by the connector between Highway 101 and Interstate 280. A friend of the family said Urzoua was a "sweet and shy" boy who was attacked by a large group, beaten and then shot in the head.
Police arrived to find the victim suffering from at least one gunshot wound. He was taken to a hospital where he died the next day.
The shooting occurred on a residential block near an RV park and the San Jose Police Activities League complex.
No suspects have been identified in the slaying.
San Jose is on pace to eclipse last year's homicide tally of 46, which was a 20-year high.
Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact the San Jose Police Department's Homicide Unit at 408-277-5283. Persons wishing to remain anonymous can call the Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers at 408-947-7867 or visit: http://svcrimestoppers.org/.
Contact Robert Salonga at 408-920-5002. Follow him at Twitter.com/robertsalonga.