3 more arrested in double Phoenix murder labeled hate crime - Cincinnati News, FOX19-WXIX TV

3 more arrested in double Phoenix murder labeled hate crime

Murder suspect Johnny Romero (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Murder suspect Johnny Romero (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

Three more arrests have been made in connection with the murders of two men at a Phoenix apartment complex that police labeled a hate crime.

Two people were arrested early on in the investigation, including Johnny Romero, 22, who was charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing deaths of Kay Reh and Ker Reh.

Romero and Jonathan Tineo, 17, were arrested on May 7.

Kay Reh and Ker Reh were stabbed to death in front of an apartment near Camelback Road and 28th Avenue in Phoenix on April 28.

Authorities told CBS 5 News that the victims and their family members appear to have been targeted because of their race.

The report stated that Romero was with a group of people who started harassing some teenagers who were on their way to a funeral service.

Along the way, Romero and his friends reportedly called the teens derogatory names in reference to their Burmese heritage.

The teens managed to run inside an apartment, but when two elders came outside to calm things down, the two men were murdered, the report said.

Sgt. Steve Martos said that it now looks like a hate crime.

"The crime itself is egregious enough," said Martos. "Now you add on top of that, the fact they were targeted because of who they are, it makes it that much more concerning for us."

Those arrested in Mexico earlier this week in connection with case include 18-year-old Cassandra Devore, a 17-year-old girl and a 16-year-old boy. 

Copyright 2013 CBS 5 (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

  • FOX19 HeadlinesMore>>

  • U.S. 27 reopens after crash involving ambulance near Falmouth

    U.S. 27 reopens after crash involving ambulance near Falmouth

    Saturday, February 17 2018 6:45 PM EST2018-02-17 23:45:54 GMT
    File photo (Source: WXIX)File photo (Source: WXIX)

    Officials say multiple people are injured after a crash on a U.S. highway involving an ambulance. Pendleton County Emergency Management says U.S. 27 is shut down near Liberty Ridge Road due to the multi-vehicle crash. It is unclear how many people are injured or how many vehicles were involved. Pendleton County Emergency Management A dispatcher says the ambulance involved is a Pendleton County emergency vehicle. Stay with FOX19 NOW for updates. Copyright 2018 WXIX. All righ...

    Full Story >

    Officials say multiple people are injured after a crash on a U.S. highway involving an ambulance. Pendleton County Emergency Management says U.S. 27 is shut down near Liberty Ridge Road due to the multi-vehicle crash. It is unclear how many people are injured or how many vehicles were involved. Pendleton County Emergency Management A dispatcher says the ambulance involved is a Pendleton County emergency vehicle. Stay with FOX19 NOW for updates. Copyright 2018 WXIX. All righ...

    Full Story >
  • Trump focuses on first responders after Florida shooting

    Trump focuses on first responders after Florida shooting

    Saturday, February 17 2018 1:30 AM EST2018-02-17 06:30:42 GMT
    Saturday, February 17 2018 6:43 PM EST2018-02-17 23:43:37 GMT
    President Donald Trump visited a Florida community reeling from a deadly school shooting, meeting privately with victims and cheering the heroics of first responders, but extending few public words of consolation...Full Story >
    President Donald Trump visited a Florida community reeling from a deadly school shooting, meeting privately with victims and cheering the heroics of first responders, but extending few public words of consolation to those in deep mourning.Full Story >
  • Florida, angry and grieving, takes gun protest to streets

    Florida, angry and grieving, takes gun protest to streets

    Friday, February 16 2018 11:00 PM EST2018-02-17 04:00:25 GMT
    Saturday, February 17 2018 6:38 PM EST2018-02-17 23:38:40 GMT

    Anger bubbles over at funerals for students and teachers killed in Florida school shooting.

    Full Story >

    Anger bubbles over at funerals for students and teachers killed in Florida school shooting.

    Full Story >
Powered by Frankly