MEMPHIS, Tenn. - A Memphis teen is recovering after being attacked and beaten for refusing to join a gang.
Police were called to the 5200 block of Marynelle last week for an aggravated assault.
A mother told officers her son was playing basketball in the cove when he was approached by an adult who goes by the name Josh Cox.
"He was knocked out cold, completely out and completely bloody,” neighbor Kim Bennett told FOX13.
Cox reportedly is the leader of a gang called "Homicide" and wanted the teen to join.
When the victim refused, he was hit over the head and knocked to the ground unconscious. While unconscious, he was kicked and stomped on the ground.
Bennett told FOX13, the teen was beaten so bad his face suffered severe swelling.
"Five guys attacked him from the back walking up to his house, five guys attacked him,” Bennett said.
Police said the people responsible for the attack are suspects Cadarrious Brigham, Kavon Brigham, Javori Richards, and Kavonte Brigham. It is unclear at this time whether any are in custody.
Bennett told us, she doesn’t believe the kids who attacked go to the same school as the other kids in the area.
"They are bullies, they are real bullies and they pick with the kids,” Bennett said.
Bennett said she hopes parents step up to make sure kids stay clear of any negative influences they will encourage violent behavior.
"The parents need to get a hold of their kids, I think the parents need to check them and stop defending their kids when they are wrong,” Bennett said.
The victim was transported to LeBonheur Children's Hospital in non-critical condition.
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