Navajo Nation leaders, mayor discuss murders of homeless men

Created: 07/24/2014 2:33 PM
By: Elizabeth Reed,

Navajo Nation leaders met with Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry on Thursday to discuss the beating deaths of two homeless men last Saturday.

The tribe has confirmed both of the victims, Al Gorman of Shiprock and Kee Thompson of Church Rock, were Navajo.

Ben Shelly, president of the Navajo Nation, calls it a senseless crime.

Three teenagers are accused of killing Gorman and Thompson with cinderblocks, sticks and metal poles. Their bodies were found in a vacant lot near 60th and Central.

"I'm sure they have a father, and I'm sure that they have grandfathers and uncles. Ya know, what if the tables were turned? Why, why," said Alberta Gorman, the sister of one of the victims. "He was a big man. These boys are cowards. How can they go and ambush them? Just like that..."

Prosecutors plan to try the 15 and 16-year-old suspects, Gilbert Tafoya and Nathaniel Carrillo, as adults. The third teen, Alex Rios, is 18.

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