Denver police have arrested three teenagers on charges of first-degree murder in connection to an arson house fire that killed a Senegalese family of five.
The teens — who have not been publicly identified — are also charged with three counts of attempted first-degree murder, two counts of first-degree assault, three counts of first-degree arson, eight counts of fourth-degree arson and one count each of first- and second-degree burglary.
The early morning Aug. 5 arson fire killed Djibril and Adja Diol, and their 3-year-old daughter Kadidia. Also killed in the blaze was Djibril's sister Hassan Diol and her daughter, Hawa Beye.
Three other people living in the two-story Denver house were able to escape from the second floor.
"This was as complex of an investigation as I'm aware of in my entire career," Denver police Chief Paul Pazen said at a Wednesday news conference, the Denver Post reports.
Police said the three teens – two 16-year-olds and one 15-year-old – were taken into custody at their homes in Jefferson County on Wednesday morning.
The three teens are not related but are known to each other, police said.
Police have not released a motive but said the deaths don't appear to be bias-related.
"Due to the extensive work by our investigators and our federal partners, the evidence we uncovered, we are very confident to say we don't believe this is a bias-motived crime," Pazen said, according to the Post. "If facts change as the investigation and prosecution continues, we can add that."
According to a GoFundme page, Djiby cared for his family, his brothers and parents.
"Djiby, a young man with a promising future in Civil Engineering, has left behind a community that he so deeply loved and cared for," according to the page. "We are saddened by the loss of a loving Dad, a nurturing husband, and a caring brother to all of us."
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