Blessing ceremony held for two Navajo murder victims

Created: 07/26/2014 9:06 PM
By: Kai Porter, KOB Eyewitness News 4

It's been a week since the brutal murders of two Navajo homeless men in southwest Albuquerque. Dozens of people returned to the spot where it happened Saturday to honor their lives.

Following the Navajo tradition, Margaret Tsosie led a blessing ceremony in the vacant lot that just last weekend was the scene of unspeakable violence.

“I, as a Navajo, truly believe it needs to be done because these people are on their way back to the spirit world,” she said. “We need to ask creator to accept them in the spirit world where they can turn back into Holy People.”

It’s where Allison Gorman and Kee Thompson lost their lives. The homeless men were sleeping when police say they were attacked and beaten to death by three teenagers.

“I just hope things will get better and this will be an eye opener for the community here to stop hurting each other,” said Tsosie. “We're all God's children.”

Tsosie knew Gorman from the rodeos. His family says he was a steer wrestler back in Shiprock.

“He had a very good personality, a very good sense of humor and I had always seen him with a smile,” said Tsosie.

 City counselor Klarissa Pena organized the memorial service. They collected canned food that will be donated to the homeless.

“There are not even words to explain why something so tragic like this could have happened,” said Pena.

But out of tragedy, comes change. Jo is also homeless and says she knew both men.

“It has devastated me,” she said. “I have lost so many people out here on the streets.”

She hopes, in some way, their deaths will make a difference for the thousands of other homeless people still living on the streets. 

“I wish there were more shelters out here on the Westside,” she said.

Pena says she wants the city to take over the vacant lot and dedicate it to the men's memories.

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