ABQ man dies after beating, home burglary

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The victim of an apparent home burglary has died.

Now the man who police say severely beat him is facing a murder charge.

And a woman is also facing charges linked to the crime.

But it appears there may be more to the story.

When police found 65-year-old Richard Zarate he was badly beaten and his TV and wallet were gone.

As he tried to recover police say the suspects racked up charges on his credit card.

Zarate died Thursday.

Police say Zarate was badly beaten in his southwest Albuquerque home two weeks ago.

After following the trail of charges police say 20-year-old Marcus Hamilton was spotted on surveillance video, along with a woman, using the victim’s credit card.

Police say Hamilton would later admit to going into Zarate’s home, getting in a fight and beating him.

The criminal complaint states Hamilton told police he fought with Zarate and then took off with his wallet and TV.

But it doesn’t end there.

According to the criminal complaint 20-year-old Samantha Ross was the woman with Hamilton racking up the charges and she too has been arrested.

Zarate’s family and neighbors say he was a good man and didn’t deserve this.

“The first thing that went through my mind was, how could anybody do this to him? He was a little man, I just don’t understand how anybody can hurt somebody like that. It was just hard, it was very hard to take,” said the victim’s son-in-law Ed Garcia. “I’m so glad they caught the people that did this and, hopefully, they get prosecuted for it.”

According to the criminal complaint, Hamilton knew Zarate and accused him of doing something bad to his friend.

Police did not say if this had anything to do with retaliation.

Zarate suffered from broken ribs and head trauma.

He had a brain bleed that led to his death.

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