Father of teen accused of killing homeless men speaks out

Created: 07/26/2014 9:05 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

An Albuquerque man says he is the father of Alex Rios, one of three teens arrested for beating two homeless men to death in July. Alex Rios told police he was simply a lookout while the other two teens beat the homeless men, but the other two teens say he also physically beat the men. Jose Rios, who says he is Alex’s dad, is defending him. Rios spoke Spanish, and a family member translated the meaning of his statements for the interview.

"He is so sad, I saw him so sad, and he tell me, 'Dad, don't cry because you'll make me feel bad here inside and I can't do nothing, please don't cry,” Rios said.

Seeing his son in jail was something Joel Rios says he wasn’t expecting. He says Alex Rios was a good son and brother who usually stayed at home. The image of Alex Rios in handcuffs and the news of his arrest on television has been hard for Joel Rios to swallow.

I'm really, really sad, and I cried with him,” Joel Rios said.

A week has passed since police found Kee Thompson and Allison Gorman dead on a mattress near Central and 60th. Alex’s dad worries no one will ever know his son the way he knows him, and he wants to make sure police look into all possibilities.

“"All the people, they're thinking that my son is really, really bad, and they're saying things that are not true, and my son is really, really sad in there, 'cause all the news, they're saying things that are not true and he did not do,”  Joel Rios said.

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