Filipino store clerk in Los Angeles dies after trying to stop shoplifters

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 9) — A Filipino store clerk in Los Angeles, California died after he was attacked and struck with a scooter by a group of teen shoplifters, local media report.

Steven Reyes, 68, was manning a liquor store in Highland Park on Thursday when he confronted a group of teenagers who were attempting to steal various items, according to a Los Angeles Times report.

Among the items was a case of beer, his family said.

Authorities said the group of teenagers brutally beat Reyes before one of them struck him in the head with the scooter. They quickly fled from the store, leaving Reyes lying on the road. Reyes was brought to the hospital where he later died.

The local police said the suspects are two teenage boys and two teenage girls between the ages of 15-18.

Reyes was a Filipino immigrant who "came to the US in search for a better life," his family said on a fundraiser pagefundraiser page they set