“I killed them because they are witches”: Man Beats Girlfriend + Daughter to Death with Hammer

Carlos Alberto Amarillo, 44, allegedly called 911 early Wednesday and said “two females are dead, they were assassinated, hurry, they are dead,” the Queens district attorney’s office said in a statement.

“I killed them because they are witches,” Amarillo reportedly said on the 911 call, according to the statement. “I want the police to kill me. I killed them with a hammer.”

A neighbor told CNN he heard the banging, apparently from the hammer blows, but no screaming.

When police arrived at the home where the 911 call was made, Amarillo was walking from the doorway to the street carrying a Bible. He allegedly told officers: “I killed them, I killed them,” according to the statement.

Police found the body of his girlfriend, Estrella Castaneda, 56, face up on a bed with a pillow over her face, the statement said. The rubber grip of a hammer was next to her body.

On the floor in a rear bedroom, police found the victim’s daughter, Lina Castaneda, 25, with injuries to her head, prosecutors said. The hammer was next to her body.

Lina Castaneda’s 7-year-old daughter was found unharmed on the bed in her mother’s room, authorities said.

…Camilo Alvarez, 23, who lives two houses down, said that about midnight Wednesday he heard a loud banging sound. He thought it might be his mother moving things around upstairs. Then, police officers arrived in front of his neighbor’s house.

“As awful as it sounds, I think that was the hammering,” Alvarez said. “Nobody heard screaming — that’s the weird part — so nobody called the police.”

D.A.: Man killed 2 women with a hammer, believed they were “witches”. CNN.com, 1/30/2014.

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