Teenage goalie charged with ‘homicide by assault’ after punch kills referee

Jose Lopez, points to a undated photo of Riccardo Portillo, center, his brother-in-law, following a news conference Thursday, May 2, 2013, at Intermountain Medical Center, in Murray, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, via Deadspin)

Jose Lopez, points to a undated photo of Riccardo Portillo, center, his brother-in-law, following a news conference Thursday, May 2, 2013, at Intermountain Medical Center, in Murray, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, via Deadspin)

Still a teenager, the young soccer player who punched 46-year old Ricardo Portillo during a game has been charged with homicide by assault, according to the Associated Press.

Portillo pulled a yellow card on the goalie during a Utah soccer game, who reacted in a violent manner. Following the punch, Portillo experienced swelling in the brain, slipped into a coma, and died a week later.

Now, Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill is attempting to try the goalie as an adult for. If convicted as an adult, the 17-year old goalie faces up to five years in prison.

Without a doubt, the loss of Portillo is tragic. Simply being there, trying to keep the peace in a suburban Utah soccer game, no family expects to lose a loved one.

Whether or not the teenager will spend time in jail for robbing the Portillo family of one of their own now remains to be seen.

According to his coach, James Yapias, it was the teenagers first game with the team.

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