A Ballou High School student with special needs died 19 days after police reported he was attacked in a classroom.
The incident happened on January 10 inside of a classroom at the school.
According to DC Police, Joevon Patterson-Smith reported being hit in his face and body several times after refusing to let two people use his cellphone.
Joevon told police one of the suspects sprayed him with “perfume” during the attack.
He was released from the hospital, but had to go back after having seizures, the family told WUSA9 reporter Michael Quander. During his second hospital stay, he was declared brain dead.
Joevon was pronounced dead Monday. He was 17 years old.
The family said Joevon ran track and was set to graduate this year.
They also confirmed that Joevon had special needs and was bullied. They said they've reported the issues to the school before.
It is unclear if Joevon died as a result of the attack. Police are waiting for an autopsy report for the official cause of death.
A DC Police spokesperson told WUSA9 that this is a death investigation at this time and no arrests have been made.