(Washington) Three teenagers, including two young children, were arrested Wednesday in Colorado on suspicion of deliberately starting a fire that caused the death of a Senegalese family last summer, local officials said.
“We have arrested three minors for the crime, two of whom were arrested in Jefferson County, Jefferson County, both 16 and 15 years old,” police said in Denver, Colorado.
The three suspects, men, who know each other but are unrelated, face multiple counts, including pre-homicide, pre-homicide and shooting.
Five members of the Doyle family, Jibril Driol, his wife Adja and their three children were burned alive in a fire at their home in Denver last August, which has left people in a state of shock, especially in the Senegalese immigrant community. Three homeowners jumped out of the house windows and escaped the blaze.
Denver Democratic Mayor Michael Hancock told a news conference Wednesday that “it shook me a lot.” Many of us wondered who had committed such a crime against such a beautiful family. ”
The fact that the hooded people were wearing sweatshirts, and that the victims were of Senegal descent, particularly sowed fear and raised fears of racist crime, was dismissed by authorities at the time, with images of criminals released by police.
“Investigators have not found any evidence to suggest that the crime was motivated by racism,” police said in a statement.
The court must now rule on whether to prosecute the three young men as minors or as adults.