12-year-old Angel Ariel Escalante Perez was thrown 443 feet off the Incienso Bridge in Nicaraguan Guatemala.

A group of thugs approached him with a gun while he was walking home from school. They told him that he had to kill a bus driver or be killed. The boy refused to kill the driver knowing that his father Luis Escalante was also a bus driver. Perez was given the choice of death by being chopped up with machetes or thrown off the bridge. He chose the latter.

The thugs threw him over the bridge from almost 450 feet above and he landed in the thick brush below where he somehow miraculously survived.

His family found him 72 hours later and rushed him to the hospital, but he died 15 days later as a result of his injuries.

Local human rights activist, Edgar Guerra, says these crimes are increasing and he speculates that one reason for this is that the parties involved do not want to be charged with a crime if they are caught, so they choose children to do the crimes.