Three teens have been arrested in connection with the brutal kidnapping, robbery, and murder of a man whose body was dumped in a canyon on the outskirts of Los Angeles, and the victim’s mother is begging a fourth man to turn himself in.
Sheriff’s deputies on Wednesday found the body of 20-year-old Julian Hamori-Andrade (pictured above), who had a 9-month old baby and another child on the way, in a canyon along Highway 39 in Azusa, a town at the edge of Angeles National Forest and the San Gabriel Mountains, according to a KCAL in Los Angeles.
Authorities believe he was beaten unconscious inside an Azusa home occupied by the four suspects before they left him for dead in the canyon, authorities said.
Police on Wednesday night initially investigated a disturbance at the home of the suspects, where they found a large amount of blood inside the home and leading outside the building.
Police arrested Hercules Dimitrios Balaskas, Francisco Amigon, and Jacob Hunter Elmendorf, all 19. They also issued a warrant for Matthew Martin Capiendo Luzon, 21, who remains at large, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office. Police said he helped killed Hamori-Andrade with a rock and a broken glass pipe.
In an emotional interview with KCAL, Hamori-Andrade's mother, Andrade, pleaded for Luzon to surrender.
“It’s just brutal, brutal, and I can’t believe that these kids that young are capable of doing such a horrific thing to my son,” she said. “Do us all a favor, give me that closure, please.”
The four were charged with first-degree murder, kidnapping, and robbery, with added “special circumstances” of lying in wait to commit the crime, authorities said.
All four suspects face the death penalty if convicted.
[Photo: Courtesy Jasmine Hamori]