Teens Charged In Deadly Denver Arson

Three teenagers have been arrested in connection with the intentionally set fire that killed a family of five last August. KUSA's Marc Sallinger reports.

(KUSA/NBC News) — Three teenagers have been arrested in connection with the intentionally set fire that killed a Colorado family of five last August, according to Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen.

Two of the suspects are 16 and one is 15, Pazen said. All three are male, and because they are under 18, their names have not been released to the public.

Pazen said at this point, the investigation does not indicate this was a bias-motivated crime.

“There are no facts that we are aware of at this time that would indicate this is a bias-motivated case,” Pazen said during a Wednesday afternoon news conference. “If something changes, obviously we can make changes to those charges. We are very confident in the investigators’ work, the work of our federal partners.”

The August 5th, 2020 fire killed 29-year-old Djibril Diol and 23-year-old Adja Diol, as well as their 2-year-old daughter Khadija. Djibril’s sister Hassan Diol, 25, and her infant daughter, Hawa Baye, also lost their lives in the blaze.

The family were immigrants from Senegal.

“This was one of the most heinous crimes I’ve ever seen or witnessed in our city, as mayor or otherwise,” Denver Mayor Michael Hancock said.

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