Phoenix double-stabbing: 5 suspects sought, 2 dead in double-stabbing during religious ceremony

PHOENIX - Phoenix police are looking for five teenagers who may be connected to a double-stabbing that left two people dead during a religious gathering at an apartment complex Sunday morning.

Between 40 and 50 individuals were mourning the loss of a community member at a gathering at an apartment complex near 28th Street and Camelback when three teenagers, between the ages of 15 and 16 years old, ran in letting them know that they were being chased, said Sgt. Steve Martos.

Four Hispanic men and one Hispanic woman approached the teenagers as they were walking to join friends and family inside the apartment and began to engage them in an altercation, Martos said.

Reh Ker, 54 and Reh Kay, 24 left the apartment and went outside to try and calm the suspects down, said Martos. The suspects then stabbed both men, who died at the scene.

The suspects fled on foot and have not been found, according to police.

Police initially had difficulty early in the investigation as most of the guests knew limited English and spoke Bermese and Karenni, said police. Translators were brought in to assist with the investigation.

Police ask anyone with information in identifying and locating the suspects to call the Phoenix Police Department's Violent Crimes Unit at 602-262-6141 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS. Those wishing to speak in Spanish can all 480-TESTIGO.



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