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Suspect Arrested In Slaying Of Two Atlanta Boys

Suspect Arrested In Slaying Of Two Atlanta Boys

Gwinnett County Police investigate near the multiple homicide scene in Huntington Falls subdivision near Lawrenceville, Ga. on Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011.

Associated Press

February 11, 2011

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. — Police charged a 28-year-old man Thursday with murder in an attack on a suburban Atlanta family that left two young boys dead in their home and their father and another brother injured.

Police arrested Antonio Cardenas-Rico and charged him with two counts of murder, Gwinnett County police Cpl. Jake Smith said.

Three-year-old Bradley Garcia and 1-year-old Edward Garcia were found stabbed to death in the home near Lawrenceville. Their father, 23-year-old Elvis Garcia, and another 3-year-old brother were hospitalized with stab wounds. The 3-year-olds are twins, Smith said.

Smith said at a news conference that the mainly suburban county on Atlanta’s outskirts has seen grisly killings before, but “this one shocks the conscience a little bit due to the innocence and youth of the victims.”

Police who responded to a 911 call around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday found Elvis Garcia outside with multiple stab wounds. He’s the one who called police. The children were found in the finished basement of the house.

The family knew Cardenas-Rico but police declined to disclose the nature of their relationship.

Police say the children’s mother and an older sister weren’t home at the time and were found unhurt.

Cardenas-Rico had his first court appearance before a magistrate judge Thursday and was being held without bond. His next court date is Feb. 16. Matt Crosby, a lawyer appointed to represent Cardenas-Rico, did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

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