ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (NBC) – Three teenagers admit to a murder so grizzly that it shook even veteran detectives.
Worse than that, the teens say they committed the crime randomly and purposefully.
“So graphic and so disturbing by such young people,” said Simon Drobik, with the Albuquerque Police Department.
It is hard to understand something like this.
“It’s so much hate and they’re so young,” he added.
Three young men admit to savagely attacking two homeless men as they slept on mattresses, beating them to death with bricks, sticks and a metal fence post.
“So violent. I mean, I was stick to my stomach. Homicide had a hard time dealing with this. They were out there for about 18 hours putting it together,” said Drobik.
Authorities say 18-year-old Alex Rios, a 16-year-old and a 15-year-old are all charged in the murders.
A third man survived the attack.
He told police he recognized the teenagers beating him up because they had beat his mother in the past.
The teens allegedly admitted to police they’d teamed up to attack more than 50 homeless people all over Albuquerque in the past few months.
The 16-year-old told police he went home and “looked at himself in the mirror and ‘saw the devil.”
According to court papers, the 15-year-old said he was “very angry over breaking up with his long-time girlfriend.”
Authorities now want to see if the teens are connected to any unsolved crimes against the homeless.
According to NBC News, the three teens claim to have assaulted 50 vagrants in a few months.
“We want those victims to come forward obviously. We want to bring justice to everybody who was attacked by these individuals,” said Drobik.