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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.

  • 45089_396847393722850_1055776862_n_max50


    over 3 years ago


    The father was responsible?!!!!!! Oh my God!!! I hope he rots in Hell!

  • Me_callie08172010_max50


    over 3 years ago


    WOW - read the update - thanks lorene1701. And I was really beginning to think the mother was behind it all. Just goes to show - things are not always as they appear to be. Those poor babies, the fear and the pain they must have felt, just completely gut wrenching!!!

  • 165022_483433124340_700324340_5579498_4099343_n_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Update....This person has now been cleared, the father has been charged with murdering the boys during a custody dispute with their mother.

  • Ba_old_glory_max50


    over 3 years ago


    My prayers for the family. Death for this perp.....

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    I also agree, death penalty ASAP.

  • In_remembrance_of_oakland_pd_max50_max50_max50_max50_max50


    over 3 years ago


    May the good Lord take these little angels into his loving arms and keep them safe. Prayers for the father and child to make a full recovery. As for the degenerate POS who killed these little boys, may every bad thing come your way until you are final judged and sent to that special place in hell for people like him. It took a real tough guy to kill those kids. DEATH PENALITY all the way.

  • Littlegirltongue_max50


    over 3 years ago


    I agree ASAP

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