I have heard the following sentence in the Narcos TV series:
Él dijo que le quería dar un mensaje a otros niños.
Context: A Colombian kid which works for Pablo Escobar is being interviewed by a reporter about the murder of a Colombian teenager which also worked for Escobar by colonel Carillo, a warning of what would happen to people who helped Escobar. During the interview, the kid says the sentence above.
What is the purpose of the indirect object pronoun "le" in this sentence? I'd guess it is an ethical dative (even if it is a little odd that the subject and the indirect object are the same ) ?