Boy Wounded by Stray Bullet Dies

A 13-year-old South-Central Los Angeles boy who was struck in the head by a stray bullet in the early morning hours of Jan. 1, died Friday in Daniel Freeman Memorial Hospital, the Los Angeles County coroner's office reported.

The boy, identified as Dean Morgan, was standing with his family and neighbors behind an apartment building in the 900 block of West 42nd Place as New Year's celebrants fired into the air to create what one police officer called a "rain shower" of bullets.

He had been on a life-support system since he was taken to the hospital.

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