Knockout, also known as knockout game and knockout king, is a violent activity played by punching an unsuspecting bystander with the object of knocking that individual unconscious in a single punch. The game has resulted in serious injuries, criminal charges for those playing it and in some cases death for the victim.
The game has been played for over a decade and has been known to take place in New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Chicago, St. Louis, Washington D.C and recently expanding to other territories. Current videos of the incidents have gone viral on the Internet, making the practice of this game happen more often than they do. Typically played by inner city kids in groups of three or more the purpose of the game is to knockout someone in a single punch to become knockout king. The game can continue until someone lands a knockout.
Many seem to think that only adult men are targeted and but this is untrue as the victim is chosen at random by either the attacker or another individual participating in the game. People also seem to think attackers are teenage boys which is also untrue. Attackers were both male and female teens, some attackers as young as age 12.
Deaths Attributed to Knockout:
September 10, 2013 (Hoboken, New Jersey): Three teenage boys are charged with the murder of 46-year-old Ralph Santiago.
May 23, 2013 (Syracuse, New York): 51-year-old Michael Daniels dies a day after being attacked. A 13-year-old and a 15-year-old have been arrested and charged with manslaughter.
September 20, 2012 (St. Cloud, Minnesota): 20 year-old local college student Colton Ryan Gleason dies from injuries after being punched in the head by a 17 year-old local teenager.
April 16, 2011 (St. Louis, Missouri): 72 year-old Hoang Nguyen is killed when punched in the head by an 18 year-old local teenager. Nguyen’s assailant was sentenced to 55 years in prison.
1992 (Cambridge, Massachusetts): 21 year-old MIT student Yngve Raustein, of Norway, dies when he is punched in the face and then stabbed in the heart by local teenagers.