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6 teenagers kill man while burglarizing cars at 3:00 in the morning

By Mason White 5:45 PM July 12, 2015
Steve Gerecke 

By: Wayne Morin
(Scroll down for video) 6 teenagers are facing murder charges after killing a man who confronted them when they robbed him.

Police in New Mexico, said that the 6 teenagers are facing murder charges after one of them shot dead the 60-year-old man in his driveway.

The teens are accused of breaking into cars and homes in a neighborhood in Albuquerque.

Albuquerque Police Chief Gorden Eden said at a news conference that the boys are between the ages of 14 to 17. He added that one of the teenagers admitted to the crime.

According to the arrest affidavits, the teens had been stealing from cars and houses before one of them shot and killed Steve Gerecke outside his home.

Officers found Gerecke dead in his driveway with multiple gunshot wounds. “There are still plenty of questions to be answered,” said Eden.

The suspects, Ryan Archibeque, 17, Christopher Rodriguez, 16, Jeremiah King, 16, and Andrew Hubler, 15, appeared in court on Friday afternoon, on charges that include murder, aggravated burglary and assault with a deadly weapon.

Prosecutors said that the four were charged as serious juvenile offenders, meaning that they will likely be tried as adults.

Enrique Palomino and Matthew Baldonado, both 14, will be tried as juveniles.

Police believe that the 16-year-old King was the shooter.

Heather Alter, the daughter of Gerecke, said her father did not deserve to be executed.

“I want to address the parents of these animals,” she said. “Where were you? Why did you let your children run the streets at 3:00 a.m.? I hold you, the parents, responsible,” she added.

Bond was set at $250,000 cash only for each defendant.
Police said that the parents of the 6 boys might also face charges for allowing them to run the streets so late at night.