Denver police arrest 3 teenagers tied to fireplace that killed 5 Senegalese immigrants: cops

A few teenagers were arrested on Wednesday in connection with a household hearth in Denver, Colo., previous calendar year that killed five relatives members — including two youthful youngsters — from the West African nation of Senegal, according to authorities. 

The fire erupted in the city’s Environmentally friendly Valley Ranch community on Aug. 5, killing Djibril Diol, his spouse Adja, and their 2-yr-old daughter Kadida. His sister Hassan Diol and her toddler daughter, Hawa Beye, also died.

Law enforcement said three many others escaped by leaping from an upstairs window.


“Our murder workforce, alongside with our associates at the ATF, U.S. Mystery Service, and the Denver Fireplace Department, worked tirelessly to establish those accountable for this horrible criminal offense, and we thank those people who supported the family members and the Senegalese community,” explained Denver Police Main Paul M. Pazen.

Djibril Diol, his wife Adja, and their daughter, Kadidia were killed in the Denver arson fire last August. The fire also killed his sister and her infant daughter.

Djibril Diol, his spouse Adja, and their daughter, Kadidia had been killed in the Denver arson fire past August. The fireplace also killed his sister and her toddler daughter.
(Denver Law enforcement Department)

Authorities withheld some details, including the suspects’ names, for the reason that they are minors and have not been formally charged. They had been discovered as two 16-yr-old boys and 1 15-12 months-aged boy. 

All three suspects were being taken into custody in the neighboring Jefferson County, police mentioned. They could face nearly two dozen rates, which include 5 counts of 1st-diploma murder and three counts of attempted initial-diploma murder.

The fire devastated Colorado’s Senegalese community. Some feared the family members may possibly have been specific due to the fact they have been Muslim immigrants from the West African nation, reviews claimed. 


Law enforcement on Wednesday said investigators have not uncovered any proof to propose the crime was inspired by bias. 

Authorities declared a $14,000 reward for information and facts main to an arrest during a information conference very last August that included Senegal’s consultant to the United Nations.

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“Past the dollars, what I’m inquiring for is a heartfelt plea,” Division Law enforcement Main Joe Montoya said at the time. “I want folks to appear into their hearts … and realize that this was a spouse and children that was flourishing. They have been heading [in] the appropriate way.”

Fox News’ Robert Gearty and Barnini Chakraborty contributed to this report