Skateboarder Terry Kennedy, 36, faces murder charge after Josiah Kassahun 23 dies of injuries

Skateboarder Terry Kennedy, 36, faces murder after friend, 23, whom he ‘batted at a motel’ dies from his injuries

  • Josiah Kassahun, 23, who was allegedly attacked by skateboarder Terry Kennedy at an Illinois motel on Tuesday, has died of his injuries
  • Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed the news on Sunday
  • Kennedy, 36, was arrested and charged with inflicting violence in a public place and threatening an official
  • He can be charged with manslaughter or murder as a result of the death of Kassahun

Famed skateboarder Terry Kennedy is about to be charged with manslaughter or murder after a man he allegedly assaulted died.

Kennedy was arrested last week after police said it was an assault on 23-year-old Josiah Kassahun at the Oakbrook Terrace motel near Chicago.

Josiah was left with a skull fracture and a concussion. He died on Saturday, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Josiah Kassahun, 23, who was allegedly attacked by skateboarder Terry Kennedy at an Illinois motel on Tuesday, has died of his injuries

Josiah Kassahun, 23, who was allegedly attacked by skateboarder Terry Kennedy at an Illinois motel on Tuesday, has died of his injuries

Kennedy was arrested and charged with aggravated assault in a public place and threatening an official, but is now likely to be charged with murder or manslaughter

Kennedy was arrested and charged with aggravated assault in a public place and threatening an official, but is now likely to be charged with murder or manslaughter

Kennedy was arrested and charged with aggravated assault in a public place and threatening an official, but is now likely to be charged with murder or manslaughter

Kennedy initially appeared in court on Wednesday and was charged with assault with $100,000 bail. The 36-year-old skater is still behind bars.

Prosecutors are likely to consider upgrading the charges to manslaughter or murder.

Kennedy had also been detained for repeatedly threatening to kill the police who tracked him down after the alleged attack on Josiah TMZ.

“I’ll kill one of your police. We’re killing the police where I come from,” Kennedy is said to have told police.

He faced aggravated battery in a public place and threatened an official for his behavior.

It is not clear what prompted the alleged attack, but it is believed that Kassahun and Kennedy were friends.

It is not clear what prompted the alleged attack, but it is believed that Kassahun and Kennedy were friends.  Kennedy is pictured, left, Kassahun, right

It is not clear what prompted the alleged attack, but it is believed that Kassahun and Kennedy were friends.  Kennedy is pictured, left, Kassahun, right

It is not clear what prompted the alleged attack, but it is believed that Kassahun and Kennedy were friends. Kennedy is pictured, left, Kassahun, right

“Josiah was and will always be remembered as the perfect friend to anyone lucky enough to meet him. He was loved and had much love to give, and he will be sorely missed by an infinite number of people,” Kassahun’s family wrote in a statement. GoFundMe online.

A friend, Austin DePiano, paid tribute to Kassahun in an Instagram post.

“No one has ever pushed me like you and brought people together in such a positive way. You made sure no one was ever alone in a corner and we’re going to do the same now. We would keep pushing for you and doing whatever you wanted us to do because that was all you wanted your friends to do right,” he wrote.

Kennedy is one of the most famous figures in the skate world, appearing in the “skating” video game franchise and music videos for Snoop Dog and Mistah Fab.

He has appeared on several MTV shows along with Bam Margera and Rob Dyrdek.

Kennedy is one of the most famous figures in the skate world, appearing in the “skating” video game franchise and music videos for Snoop Dog and Mistah Fab.

Terry Kennedy is pictured during a match at Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens in 2010

Terry Kennedy is pictured during a match at Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens in 2010

Terry Kennedy is pictured during a match at Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens in 2010

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