NYPD at the crime scene by the handball courts where John Pierre Villenueva, 21, was beaten unconscious inside College Point Park on June 15th. He died on September 9th according to the Medical Examiner. (Photo: Robert Stridiron/QNS.com)
By Geoffrey Croft
The Medical Examiner ruled today that the death of a 21-year-old Flushing resident found beaten unconscious in a Queens park on June 15th, was a homicide NYC Park Advocates has learned.
The victim, John Pierre Villenueva, 21, was found unconscious near the handball courts with head trauma inside College Point Park near 14th Avenue and College Pt. Blvd. on June 15th just after 6:00 pm. He died on September 9th as a result of blunt force trauma to the head.
Mr. Villenueva's death had not been previously reported.
It appeared he was punched in the face and fell and hit his head on the ground according to officials.
The victim has a fracture to the left side of the head and massive swelling of the brain. He was hospitalized and put on life support with no brain activity and never regained consciousness.
Police said a witness reported the assault stemmed from an argument on the handball court and the victim was punched and kicked by one person.
No indication he was robbed.
Police have identified a “person of interest,” a 23-year old man who has not been arrested.
This person has 15 prior arrests for assault, disorderly conduct and marijuana possession and is actively on probation for a drug charge until 2020.
No arrests have been made.
Crime Stoppers offered a $2,500 reward for information in the case. (Photo by Ellis Kaplan/Times Ledger)
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