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Funds Raised for Burial of Teen Beaten to Death



    Two teens were arrested for the beating death of 18-year-old Julio Lopez-Cruz on his way home the store in Trenton two weeks ago. (Published Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014)

    More than $3,000 has been raised to help the family of a teen beaten to death pay for his funeral.

    The Trenton-based Martinez Security and Investigation along with the nonprofit People for the Revitalization of the South Ward (PROS), which assists the needy in the Trenton area, donated an additional $1,250.00 Friday to assist the family of 18-year-old Julio Lopez-Cruz pay for his burial and final arrangements.

    The latest donation brings the total funds raised to more than $3,000.

    Lopez-Cruz was walking to his home on Rusling Street in Trenton on Feb. 15 when Michael Holman and Dante Martin, both 18, allegedly attacked him, according to police.

    The victim ran from the two suspects, banging on the door of a nearby home to get help.

    But Holman and Martin grabbed Lopez-Cruz and threw him to the ground, causing him to strike his head, according to investigators.

    The victim died a short while later.

    Authorities arrested Holman and Martin on Feb. 27 and charged the pair with murder.