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Father finds dying son 3 days after being thrown off bridge by gang members for refusing to kill bus driver

By Mason White 10:38 AM October 16, 2015
Angel Ariel Escalante-Perez with Luis Escalante 

By: Wayne Morin
A 12-year-old boy was targeted by a vicious group of gang members while walking home from school.

Angel Ariel Escalante-Perez of Guatemala, was walking home from school when he was ambushed by members of a gang.

He was handed a gun and he was ordered to shoot a bus driver or he will be killed. The young brave boy refused to shoot the man because his father is also a bus driver.

The gang members then gave the boy a choice of being killed by machetes or by being thrown off a bridge.

Escalante-Perez chose being thrown off a bridge, and he was thrown off the Incienso Bridge in Guatemala City.

He plunged 450 feet into the thick foliage below, but the child did not die. Instead, Escalante-Perez leid in pain for 72 hours while his distraught father, Luis Escalante, and rescue crews searched for him.

When Escalante-Perez was found, he was taken to a hospital, where doctors fought to save his life, but after 15 days, he succumbed to his injuries and died.

Human rights activists in the country denounced the vicious act, saying that this violence and recruitment of innocent children has become commonplace in the region.

“The use of minors for murders is happening more frequently,” said activist Edgar Guerra.