Not long after the assault victim of skateboarding legend Terry Kennedy died, the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office in Illinois hit Kennedy with a first-degree murder charge, holding him responsible for the 23-year-old’s death.

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The fight at an Oakbrook Terrace motel last week left Josiah Kassahun with a concussion and a fractured skull, which forced the DA to upgrade the original aggravated battery charge to murder after the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled his death a homicide. Kennedy appeared for a bond hearing after the new charges were filed, but the hearing was discontinued until today.

The famed skateboarder can possibly spend the rest of his life behind bars if found guilty.


Details of the incident are still unclear, but it has been confirmed that on July 27, Kennedy attacked Kassahun and then fled the scene. He was subsequently arrested and charged. will update this story as details develop.

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