Arizona

Jun 15, 2013 4:02 PM by Associated Press

Ariz. Burmese refugees deaths eyed as hate crimes

PHOENIX (AP) - Phoenix police have arrested two people in connection with the murder of two Burmese refugees and authorities say the deaths could be charged as hate crimes.

The Arizona Republic reports that 22-year-old Johnny Romero and a 16-year-old boy were recently charged in connection with the April stabbing deaths of 53-year-old Ker Reh and 24-year-old Kay Reh.

Police say the victims were stabbed at Phoenix apartment complex during prayer services.

Phoenix police spokesman Steve Martos said there were statements made during the attack that lead police to believe the stabbings were hate crimes.

Authorities also are looking for three other suspects.

Court records show that Romero is facing second-degree murder and aggravated assault charges. The 16-year-old faces an aggravated assault charge.

It is not known if they have attorneys.

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