PHOENIX – In recent months, communities in Arizona have been grappling with a rise in violent incidents involving teenagers. One such incident in the Far East Valley turned tragic, resulting in the death of Preston Lord. The Queen Creek police had initially appealed for footage from the area where the assault took place, and later revealed that Preston had been assaulted at a Halloween party. Despite efforts to revive him, Preston suffered a severe brain injury and passed away at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. The Queen Creek Police Chief, Randy Brice, expressed determination to find justice for Preston and ensure that those responsible are convicted.
The investigation into teen violence has also involved the FBI, and authorities have urged the public to come forward with any information. The parents of the victims have called for action to prevent such incidents from happening again, with one father revealing that his son had been left with internal kidney damage and had to be sent overseas to live with his mother due to the traumatic experience.
The issue of teen violence extends beyond Queen Creek, with similar incidents reported in Gilbert, San Tan Valley, Mesa, and Casa Grande. In Gilbert, police released photos related to an aggravated robbery incident and are working with various law enforcement agencies to investigate the so-called “Gilbert Goons” group. In San Tan Valley, a 16-year-old suffered minor injuries in an incident that took place in a desert area. Mesa police are investigating a large-scale fight involving juveniles, and authorities in Casa Grande are investigating a shooting that resulted in the death of one teenager.
While arrests have been made in connection with the incidents in Gilbert, Mesa, and San Tan Valley, no arrests have been made yet in Preston’s case. However, the Queen Creek Police Department has recommended charges against seven individuals related to the homicide investigation.
The surge in teen violence has prompted authorities and community members to call for greater vigilance and cooperation. It is hoped that by working together, law enforcement agencies and the public can prevent further tragedies and ensure that those responsible for these crimes are held accountable.