ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KOAT/CNN) – Three teens were in court on Monday, and the Albuquerque district attorney’s office says they will be tried as adults facing murder charges in the beating death of two homeless men.
Gilbert Tafoya, 15, hid his face from cameras and occasionally wiped away tears as he waited for his turn in front of a judge.
Tafoya, along with 16-year-old Nathaniel Carrillo and 18-year-old Alex Rios, face first-degree murder charges for the beating death of two homeless men over the weekend.
Carrillo and Tafoya are half-brothers, and their families came to court to support them. There was no family in court for Rios, and calls to a number listed for his father, Joel, were not returned.
In looking into these boys’ pasts, it was found that Rios has never been in trouble with police before. As for Carrillo, sources say he was part of a 2010 arson case in Bernalillo County, NM.
As for Tafoya, there was mention of him just finishing up probation in court on Monday, but the reason for the probation is unknown.
According to Albuquerque Public Schools, Tafoya was suspended from John Adams Middle School in February 2013. He never went back to school after his suspension.
Neither Carrillo nor Rios are currently enrolled in the school system either.
Sources said Tafoya was the ringleader for the attack on the homeless men.
A judge set bond for all three boys at $5 million. If convicted of first-degree murder, they could spend life in prison.
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