Police: Ballou High School student dies weeks after he was attacked in classroom

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Police say a student died on Monday evening, weeks after they took a report of classmates assaulting the student.

Family members identified the student as Joevon Smith-Patterson, a senior at Ballou High School with special needs.

According to the police report, back on January 10th, while in a classroom, two classmates approached the student and hit him several times in the face and on his body because he wouldn't let them use his cell phone.

The report also states that one of the classmates sprayed him with perfume, but the report also identifies the weapons as a "chemical/acid."

A Metropolitan Police spokeswoman says they do not know whether the assault is related to the student's death. They are now awaiting the cause and manner of death from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

Joevon's sister tells DCW50 they believe the students involved bullied him prior to the attack.

They also believe more than two students were involved. She says Joevon's brother was in the class with him and witnessed the attack, which included students kicking and beating him.

His family says he spit up blood when he came home that day and spent most of the month following the attack in the hospital.

Police have not arrested anyone for the January 10th assault and said they are still gathering information.

A school spokesperson referred all questions to police.

DCW50 obtained a letter that Ballou High School sent home to parents, which stated that they are receiving support from the DC Public Schools Crisis Response Team and will continue to make resources available to anyone having problems dealing with the tragedy.

As for Joevon's death, it read:

"It is with great sadness that I inform you of the recent death of one of our students, Joevon Smith-Patterson. As a cherished member of the Ballou family, he will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Joevon's death is a devastating loss and it is sure to raise many emotions, concerns, and questions from our entire school, especially our students."