Groups call for firings in Omaree Varela’s death

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) –  New fallout in the death of nine year old Omaree Varela, now major community groups say they want more people held accountable.

The groups are demanding firings at Albuquerque Police Department and the Children Youth and Families Department.

An Albuquerque church and two black advocacy groups made the demands today saying they want two APD officers to lose their badge and want the secretary of CYFD gone.

The groups say those three people failed Omaree Varela who was allegedly kicked to death by his mother Synthia Varela Casaus inside their Northeast Albuquerque home.

Today the leader of Albuquerque’s Macedonia Baptist church, the Albuquerque NAACP and the state chapter of the “Southern Christian Leadership Conference”, threw their support behind a new petition.

The three community groups are making three demands, first that APD fire the two officers who responded to Omaree’s home in July and didn’t file a police report following an abusive 911 call.

Second they want the secretary of CYFD Yolanda Deines fired, and finally they want Omaree’s step father Steve Casaus to face charges.


The groups say local and state employees had far too many chances to save Omaree but failed the boy.

The groups say they’ll spend the next week circulating the petition then deliver it to Albuquerque Mayor RJ Berry, APD Police Chief Allen Banks and Governor Susana Martinez. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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