Cops: NM Teens Preyed on Homeless, Killed 2
Sleeping men were beaten to death
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 21, 2014 2:16 AM CDT
Alex Rios, 18, was arrested on Saturday.   (Albuquerque Police)

(Newser) – Three teenagers in Albuquerque, NM, took part in the violent murder of two homeless men over the weekend, say police, who suspect the teens could be behind dozens of other attacks. Alex Rios, 18, Nathaniel Carrillo, 16, and 15-year-old Gilbert Tafoya were arrested on Saturday for the murder of two men sleeping in a vacant lot who had cinder blocks smashed on their heads in an attack that left them unrecognizable. "My question is: Who failed these kids? How did it get to this point?" a police spokesman tells the Albuquerque Journal. "It was so violent. I was sick to my stomach."

A third man told police that he managed to escape the attack and recognized one of the youth as a nearby resident. A criminal complaint states that the teens told police that they had gone out looking for people to beat up because Tafoya had broken up with his girlfriend and was upset. Police say Tafoya told them they had been attacking the city's homeless population over the last year and had attacked 50 people in the last few months, KRQE reports. Police are looking for more possible victims, but it's "hard getting some transients to come forward to express that they were victims of crime," a spokesman says.

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jke
Jul 21, 2014 5:54 PM CDT
when I moved to the "land of enchantment " 30 years ago,I had no opinion of the hispanic/latino races...my experience in business and social encounters have helped me form an opinion...they are the most hateful ,racist,mysoginist,homofobic,violent bunch imaginable...and if the refugees stay (from the south) they will be trained in gangs to be worse.
shebby777
Jul 21, 2014 5:09 PM CDT
"Who failed these kids?" Who failed the guy who said those words? Is he nuts? - Convicted . . . because they're teens, out in under ten years . . . anxious to murder again, but this time for money, having been jailhouse educated. - TODAY'S SENTENCE: Take them into a community park, and shoot them a few times . . . in the head. - Justice is waking up . . . slowly. - Psychologists, psychiatrists, and loose-wing-nut reformers truncated brains and loosened sexually oriented kicks and mass reprobation. They sold their brainless books, and now they're reaping their profits and sharing them with all of the 2-percent-Godless world. - Learn what it means to repent in the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Amen.
The_Old_Wolf
Jul 21, 2014 12:22 PM CDT
This sounds like an episode out of Criminal Minds. It's difficult to fathom that real-live people can be so truly evil.