2 Questioned in Logan Square Beating of Boy, 14

Brian DeLeón, 14, was walking home from studying at his girlfriend's house when he was attacked

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    Sept. 20, 2011: Brian DeLeón remains in a coma after being attacked last week outside Yates Elementary School, in Chicago's Logan Square neighborhood. (Published Tuesday, Sep 20, 2011)

    News Affairs confirmed two suspects are in police custody and being questioned in the beating of a 14-year-old boy in Logan Square.

    Brian DeLeón remains in a coma after the attack last Tuesday night on a secluded block of 2900 block of West Bloomingdale Avenue. DeLeón was walking home from studying at his girlfriend's house when he was "savagely" bludgeoned.

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    Brian DeLeon, a freshman at Phoenix Marine Academy, was walking home from studying at his girlfriend's house when he was attacked on a secluded block of 2900 block of West Bloomingdale Avenue. (Published Wednesday, Sep 14, 2011)

    The wound was so severe that police said they first thought he’d been shot in the head. After examining the wound, described to be about the size of a silver dollar, doctors believe he was hit with either a bat or a sledgehammer.

    DeLeón's girlfriend told police she was talking to DeLeón on his cell phone when she heard a scuffle then nothing, police said. She went out to look for him and found him lying on the ground with a massive head wound.

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    "I just saw him laying there, and another man helping him, too," Dayana Vasquez recalled.

    De León is a freshman at Marine Math & Science Academy on the city's near west side. He had to pass a test to get accepted to the charter school and was so proud of his achievement that last Monday he paid a visit to his Alma mater, Yates Elementary, to show off his military uniform.

    "We're devastated," said Yates Principal Harry Randell. "This is one of our family members. ... It's just a devastating thing to us."