Missing Albuquerque teenagers last seen being beaten on video


Albuquerque Police are looking for two teens who were recorded on Snapchat being badly beaten.

“As a mother…he’s gone, you don’t know where he is and you can’t help him,” said Amanda Kimbrel.

Kimbrel is the mother of 15-year-old Collin Romero. She says her son was seen in a Snapchat video along with his friend, 14 year-old Ahmed Lateef, being beaten up on the West Mesa. 

The video showed Collin and Ahmed bleeding heavily with what appeared to be broken bones.  The pair has not been seen since.

Kimbrel is now trying to find her son, and has been searching with friends near the Double Eagle Airport. 

“On Monday morning I got a phone call from one of my son’s friends, saying that he went outside to give somebody some weed and then never came back,” she said. 

Police say the two teens were last seen in a neighborhood near Hoover Middle School. 

“This person that he was meeting was a dangerous person,” said Kimbrel. 

Police believe the two were involved in a drug deal gone bad, and now they’re working with the people who found the post to find out where it came from. 

“There’s a lot of social media stuff on them, so that’s what we’re tracking,” said Albuquerque Police Officer Simon Drobik. 

They are also scouring the desert from above. 

“We did have Air 1 up looking for these individuals on the westside,” said Drobik. 

Meanwhile, Kimbrel remains on her own search. She said they are searching the area near Double Eagle because that’s the last location her son and Lateef’s Snapchats pinged. 

But her fear is her son is not coming home alive. 

“I just want to know that he didn’t suffer, and if he is out here, that it was quick,” said Kimbrel.  

Anyone with information on the boys’ whereabouts is asked to contact Albuquerque Police.

Kimbrel is also organizing a search party Saturday morning at 9 a.m., at the entrance to the Double Eagle Airport. If you’d like to volunteer you can call 505-313-3208.

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