ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry says he has directed police to thoroughly investigate last weekend’s brutal slaying of two homeless Navajo men as a possible hate crime.
Berry met with Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly and other tribal leaders Thursday. He says data the city has collected as part of its efforts to fight homelessness shows Native Americans are on the streets longer than other populations and are more likely to be victimized. He says he and Shelly have agreed to work together to figure out why, and find solutions.
Three teenagers are being held on murder charges in the attack. One of the suspects told police the trio had been targeting homeless people around Albuquerque for a year.
Prosecutors and police haves said they haven’t found any evidence the men were targeted because of their race.