15-Year-Old Brutally Attacked by Fellow Teens

Teen stabbed 20 times, hit with a rock by a group he considered his friends, police say

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    Manuel Sendejas, 14, is fighting for his life at a Dallas hospital after he was stabbed by friends, police say. (Published Tuesday, Jun 17, 2014)

    A teenage boy is fighting for his life at a Dallas hospital after he was stabbed by his friends, police say.

    Manuel Sendejas, 15, is in critical condition at Methodist Dallas Medical Center after he was stabbed multiple times with a screwdriver by teens he considered friends, police said.

    The teens are students at T.W. Browne Middle School.

    The group was walking home from summer school when the attack happened in a remote area by the train tracks at West Haven Park, police said. 

    Family members said Sendejas was stabbed with a screwdriver at least 20 times and hit with a rock.

    The family told NBC 5 that Sendejas was dropped off at his grandmother's house by an adult man.

    “In a little gray car, when he dropped him off, my dad came out there, he seen that, my dad went out there and the car took off, he just dropped him off,” said his uncle Selso Castillo.

    Sendejas’s grandmother called 911. He was rushed to Methodist Dallas Medical Center and was able to share some details about the attack with his family.

    “He didn’t tell us exactly what happened, but we just tried to get at least where was it, he told us by the creek,” said his uncle, Selso Castillo.

    “It’s evil to see the area, I was just looking at the blood, the rock, the screwdriver, God man, they are evil kids,” said Castillo.

    The family said the teen has 30 stitches along his neck and that they are hopeful for a full recovery.

    Police have not said what the motive was for the attack. The boy's family doesn’t know either.

    Relatives said that these kids were friends and spent time at each other’s houses. 

    Police said two of the attackers are 13 years old.

    Three out of the four attackers in custody, police said. They said a 13-year-old, who has not been identified, is still on the loose.

    Editor's Note: It was initially reported the victim was 14. The family said Wednesday morning that the boy's age is 15.