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Family identifies teen killed in beating

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Family members have identified the 16-year-old boy who died on the weekend following a savage beating as Paris Rene Cameron Bruce.

Winnipeg police said Bruce, whose name they would not disclose, was badly beaten on the street in the 300-block of Aberdeen Avenue on the morning of Sept. 4.

Bruce was taken to hospital in critical condition and died from his injuries Sept. 7.

Police said Bruce was a member of a local street gang and it’s possible his attackers were members of a rival gang.

An obituary describes Bruce, known to his family as "Little Parrot," as "a colourful boy who always had a smile on his face." He enjoyed video games, movies, sketching and trying new foods, family said.

The teen's funeral will be held Friday.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 204-986-7983 or Crime Stoppers, 204-786-8477.

Bruce's death is the city's 21st homicide in 2012.

Winnipeg homicides, 2012

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Updated on Monday, September 10, 2012 at 3:49 PM CDT: Family confirms identity of the victim.

3:56 PM: Adds photo, details from obituary.

4:18 PM: Adds map.

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