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In what is now being circulated as the “Mortal Kombat” incident by the media, it seems coverage of the death of 7-year old Zoe Garcia has spun out of control, with mainstream newspapers focusing not on those who are actually responsible, but rather how they were influenced or “brainwashed” by violent video games.
The tragic story occurred in Johnstown, Colorado, as two teens, Heather Trujillo, 16, and Lamar Roberts, 17, were found to have beaten Garcia, Trujillo’s half-sister, to death while under their supervision. Police say that the two teens were roughhousing with Zoe, and that at some time the girl lost consciousness and stopped breathing. At which point Trujillo and Roberts attempted to revive her with CPR and by “putting her under running water” before they called the girl’s mother and 911. Tragically, Garcia died at North Colorado Medical Center.
According to an autopsy performed, Zoe had dozens of injuries including a broken wrist, more than 20 bruises, swelling of the brain and bleeding in her neck muscles and under her spine.
At the time of the teens’ arrest, Roberts stated that at some time before the incident, he had been playing Mortal Kombat with Zoe downstairs before her sister began roughhousing with her upstairs. While Roberts initially stated that he had no part in the beating, a signed affidavit reveals that the seventeen-year old eventually confessed to being a participant.
A witness to the scene reported to police that Garcia asked Roberts to stop wrestling and when he was later questioned why he continued to attack Garcia, Roberts responded by stating “I don’t know; I was drunk.”
Although police officials at the scene of the crime made no reference to video game violence, prosecutors state that Trujillo and Roberts “hit, kicked and body-slammed her, imitating moves used in the video game.” The link to Mortal Kombat has only further been propagated by television news sources, including Fox News, which featured in-game clips of fatalities performed while the story initially broke.
The two teens are presently being held at Weld County jail and can face up to 48 years in prison if convicted.