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Alarming ‘knockout’ game sweeping the nation?

19knockout 600An alarming new "game" that has reportedly caused deaths in Syracuse, N.Y., St. Louis and New Jersey is sweeping the nation, according to CBSDC, as roving bands of youths prey on unsuspecting people walking the streets.

The so-called "knockout" game involves groups or individuals who randomly target strangers, with the ultimate goal of knocking them out with a single punch as they walk by, according to CBSDC, which cites a report from New York-based CBS 2. The report highlights troubling footage of teens participating in the attacks.

Forty-six-year-old Ralph Santiago of Hoboken, N.J., was a victim, found dead with his neck broken and head lodged between iron fence posts, according to NJ.com. Moments before his gruesome death, surveillance video shows Santiago walking in an alleyway in daylight, and just as he's about to pass a group of teens, one lodges the fatal, knockout blow, CBSDC reports.

Why?

"For the fun of it," one teen said in the video.

"They just want to see if you got enough strength to knock somebody out," said another.

Read more at CBSDC.

The Root

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