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Teens accused of killing homeless Navajo men in New Mexico

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Two Navajo men were killed in a field near the intersection of 60th and Central NW in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Image from Google Maps

Three teens appeared in court today and stand accused of brutally murdering two homeless Navajo men in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Authorities haven't publicly identified the victims but The Albuquerque Journal said one of them was named Allison Gorman. A fellow Navajo man said the murdered men were known as “Coyboy” and “Yazzie.”

“The man was just sleeping. Can you hit a man like that? A homeless man? I don’t like it,” Emerson Roanhorse, 62, told the Journal. He witnessed part of the attack before leaving to a safer place.

Authorities said Alez Rios, 18, Nathaniel Carrillo, 16, and Gilbert Tafoya, 15, bludgeoned the men to death in a field near the intersection of 60th and Central Ave NW on Friday night. The bodies were found on Saturday morning.

“They are unrecognizable,” a spokesperson for the Albuquerque Police Department told the Journal, referring to the men, whose faces and bodies were hit with cinder blocks, bricks, a fence pole and other items, NBC News reported.

Another homeless man who also was attacked said the teens laughed as they beat the Navajo men. He said the perpetrators were wearing masks.

"They were giggling and laughing at us, mocking us, calling us homeless. I said, 'I don't know why you guys are bothering us. We didn't do nothing to you guys,'" the man told NBC News.

The three teens face charges of murder, tampering with evidence, three counts aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and robbery.

Get the Story:
APD: Teens bludgeoned homeless men to death (The Albuquerque Journal 7/21)
Albuquerque 'Homeless' Double-Killing Survivor Says Teens Giggled (NBC News 7/21)
Attacker's father: 'I was sick to my stomach' (KOB 7/21)

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