LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Two teenagers — a 16-year-old male and a 15-year-old female — have been arrested as the suspects in the murders of two people found buried in shallow graves, one in Long Beach, the other Norwalk.

A couple was reported missing from their home located in the 1611 block of South Atlantic Avenue in Compton on Wednesday.

Concerned relatives of the couple, who have not been named, told authorities on Wednesday the teen’s might have knowledge of the couple’s disappearance.

The female victim, believed to be an immigrant from Honduras, was found on October 15 in the city of Norwalk. The male victim was recovered today, in a vacant lot, in Long Beach about a block from his home.

Detectives said the girl was related to the couple but the exact relationship was not officially disclosed.

However, Serene Branson, reporting for KCAL9 and CBS2, said sources told her the 15-year-old girl and her 16-year-old boyfriend are believed to have killed the girl’s mother and her step-father.

The causes of death were not revealed.

Detectives did not reveal a motive. Friends told Serene Branson that the girl told them the 15-year-old step-father sexually abused her and hit her.

Both teens are being held without bail at a juvenile hall.

Anyone with information about the murders is asked  to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau, 323-890-5500.

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Comments (7)
  1. Kristi says:

    this is a tragic story, sadly-so is the reporting! how embarrassing for the news agency. the ’15 year old stepfather sexually abused her’ REALLY? and authorities were told that the ‘teen’s’ might have knowledge…REALLY? someone needs to proof-read their work before it is published. reading such a poorly written report takes away from the impact of such a horrific event.

  2. RWZ says:

    Tragic? No, it’s the norm in the Third World. Quit projecting Western values on others.

  3. Joe says:

    Boy, people can be so judgmental when they read a news about what this or that person did. All of a sudden, they paint an imperfect life of the suspect with full of abuse and neglect.

    Anybody regardless or race, age, religion, and all that jazz, is capable of committing a crime. It only takes a few seconds for our good conscience to be shut off by our anger and during those few seconds, a person can commit a crime.

    Before you blurt out judgments, look at yourself in the mirror. Do you see an angel incapable of committing a crime? Don’t fool yourselves because ANYBODY can commit a crime. It only takes a few seconds for you to lose your good judgment.

    You don’t think it will happen to you? Talk to people in jail and majority of them will tell you that they could not believe that they did what they did.

    My point here is this, please don’t judge others. Pray to God and ask for His forgiveness. Seek Jesus as your Lord and Savior. When your heart is set on serving God, you will see these prisoners as souls that needs Jesus.

    1. Just say No. says:

      It’s a bit beyond a “lapse of judgement” to commit two murders and bury the bodies. You get an A for effort for an F for critical thinking. By the way, aren’t you wondering where Jesus was throughout all this chaos?

  4. Crystal Ro says:

    her stepfather raping her isint a reason to kill her mother those teens diserve what thay get

    1. Just say No. says:

      They deserve what they get, absolutely. HOWEVER, if the stepfather was raping her, and the mother knew about it and allowed it or turned a blind eye, then those two deserved to die as well.

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