ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The City of Albuquerque and the Navajo Nation are teaming up to address homelessness. The meeting comes just days after two homeless Navajo men were beaten to death in their sleep.
“That to me, you are doing it on purpose to hurt somebody, to kill somebody, and i think that’s wrong and those people who did it… justice should prevail and be punished for what they’ve done.” Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly said.
Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly and Albuquerque Mayor RJ Berry are creating a partnership to help the homeless get back on their feet.
President Shelly says there are shelters and prevention programs available for homeless Native Americans but he’d like to see them get more funding.
He also supports Senator Bill O’Neill’s legislation that would make it a hate crime, to attack the homeless.
Mayor RJ Berry says he will meet with Navajo officials again next week along with law enforcement and pueblo governors.
“Everybody has a sense of urgency. Also building on the great work that’s already been done I think we are going to make a lot of progress,” Mayor Berry said.
APD arrested three teenagers in the fatal beating case after they admitted they used sticks, a metal pole, and cinder blocks to commit the murders. They also admitted attacking other homeless people in the past.