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Navajo Nation head to meet with mayor on violence

Updated: 07/23/2014 6:26 PM | Created: 07/23/2014 5:52 PM
By: APNewsNow

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry says he will meet with Navajo officials to discuss the brutal killing of two homeless Native Americans.

Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly requested the visit, saying the tribe is appalled by the attack on its people.

"It's beyond senseless that these teens would attack homeless people in this manner," tribe President Ben Shelly said in a statement. "The Navajo Nation is appalled that this type of attack is happening upon our people. We pray that justice will be carried out in this case."

The meeting is set for Thursday.

The medical examiner's office has identified the victims as Allison Gorman and Kee Thompson. The office says they men were Native Americans but couldn't say if they were Navajo or where they were from.

Police say the men were attacked in their sleep and beaten beyond recognition by three teenagers.     

Police say one of the teens told them the trio had been attacking homeless people in Albuquerque for the past year.   

Authorities say there is no evidence the victims were targeted because of their race.

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