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UPDATE: Police arrest two more in Sunday's attack on Laurel Street
Hector Velez Sr., 47, of 269 Central St., turned himself in to police Tuesday and was charged with riot. Police alleged that Velez brought his son, Hector Velez Jr., 18, to Laurel Street, to "settle a dispute" with the brother of his former fellow football teammate, David Weekly, 17.
The younger Velez and Weekly both played in the Central High School football backfield, and Velez was named to the second all-state football team in 2012. Velez faces three felony assault charges, one alleging that he struck his former teammate in the face with a baseball bat.
Weekly told police that Velez also hit him in the ribs with the bat after he was knocked to the ground.
Another person injured in the confrontation was Alfred Nyonee, 17, a basketball player at West High School.
Velez Sr. served in the New Hampshire House in the 2000s and was recognized as a spokesman for the Hispanic community then. In 2002, he received the Martin Luther King Award from the statewide coalition that honors King every year.
Efforts to reach him Wednesday were unsuccessful.
Manchester police spokesman Brian O'Keefe said Velez Sr.'s only involvement appears to be that he accompanied his son to the area. Had Velez punched or struck someone, he would have been charged with assault, O'Keefe said.
O'Keefe said it's uncertain what led to the fight. One version police heard is that it started over a past-due debt on a school book.
At Central High School, interim principal John Rist said the administration is aware that a fight took place nearby. Administrators are keeping an eye out for troublemakers, and the school has remained calm, he said.
"I think they (Velez Jr. and Weekly) have both finished their careers here at Central," Rist said.
Police said the melee took place outside 141 Laurel St. It drew a crowd of about 30 people, and 18 police took a half-hour to get the situation under control. Baseball bats and sticks were swung, and two teenage boys required hospital treatment for injuries.
Also surrendering to police Tuesday was Darius Weekly, 20, of 219 Notre Dame Ave. He was charged with riot and second-degree assault.
Turning themselves in at the police station Tuesday evening were Hector Velez Sr., 47, of 269 Central St., and Darius Weekly, 20, of 219 Notre Dame Ave., both charged with Riot. Weekly also faces an additional charge of second-degree assault.
Police say the two took part in a large fight that erupted Sunday. Police found around 30 people fighting in the area of 141 Laurel St. Police estimated it took almost a half hour and a dozen and a half police officers to put an end to the fighting and calm people enough to interview them.
Police said Velez Sr. arrived on Laurel Street with his son, Hector Jr., who was arrested Sunday, and others to "settle a dispute" between his son and David Weekly, the brother of Darius Weekly.
Police said Darius Weekly struck Brian Colon of Manchester with a stick during the brawl, yet Colon refused medical treatment at the scene.
MANCHESTER — Two teens accused of using weapons during a street fight Sunday evening on Laurel Street were arraigned Monday in Manchester District Court on riot and second-degree assault charges. Police said the two charged used a baseball bat and a stick in the assaults.
According to the court documents, police officer Kevin Jusza reported that he grabbed a baseball bat away from Velez, who had ignored an order to drop it.
Bail for Velez was set at $2,000 cash-only on the felony charges and $1,500 personal recognizance on the misdemeanor. Bail was set at $5,000 cash/surety for Shehabeldin. Bail conditions bar contact with one another and with their alleged victims.
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- Whom do you think bears the brunt of the blame for the mayhem this weekend in Keene?
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