APD releases 911 call from homeless homicide

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Police have released the 911 call made after the deadly beating of two homeless men.

Three teens are charged with their murder.

A woman working at a liquor store near 60th and west Central phoned it in. She didn’t find the bodies, though.

“We had a couple gentlemen come across the street and tell us they had two dead bodies there behind the e-cig shop and asked us to call police for them,” she said.

The 911 caller also reported there was a third victim who was alive in the dirt lot.

When police arrived on scene, officers talked to the third victim who was near a mattress with the two dead men.

The victim said he recognized the attackers as teens who lived in a house across the field from where they had all been sleeping.

Police eventually interviewed and arrested Gilbert Tafoya,15, Nathaniel Carrillo,16, and Alex Rios, 18.

The teens, who were in court this week, admitted to beating the sleeping homeless men to death with sticks, a metal pole, bricks and cinder blocks.

Police haven’t been able to identify the victims yet because their faces were so badly beaten.

Listening to the 911 call, it’s clear that dispatchers didn’t know exactly what police would be walking into.

Dispatcher: “Did he tell you what they look like or anything like that?”

Caller: “No ma’am, he didn’t. But I, I just saw them. There’s like a mattress thing there and it looks like it’s where some of the guys that, you know, they drink all night. It looks like that might be where they were at and he said there were two men.”

The three teens in the case are all facing murder charges.

Prosecutors said this week they’re charging the two underage teens as adults for the crimes.

The two victims were members of the Navajo Nation.

On Wednesday, President Ben Shelley announced he’s asking for a meeting with Albuquerque Mayor R.J. Berry to address the issue of homelessness in the city.

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