Deadly fire in Colorado: Young people kill five people by mistake – La Opinion

Deadly fire in Colorado: Young people kill five people by mistake – La Opinion

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Authorities revealed that a young man from Colorado, in the company of two friends, set fire to a family’s home in the middle of the night, killing five peopleamong them a small child and a baby, because they believed that there was a person in the home who stole their phone. However, it was later revealed that it was the wrong house.

Kevin Bui pleaded guilty to setting fire to an innocent family’s home in 2020 after using the “Find My iPhone” app to track the location of his stolen phone to the area, according to police. Denver District Attorney’s Office.

Bui and his friends spent weeks planning the attack, according to the probable cause affidavit, which details texts and social media messages from those involved.

The young man, who was 16 at the time, was the last of three friends to plead guilty to the 2020 quintuple murder, prosecutors announced Friday.

As part of a deal, Bui will spend 60 years in prison. In exchange, prosecutors dropped 60 criminal charges.

The fire killed Djibril “Jibby” Diol, his wife Adja and their 22-month-old daughter, Khadija, as well as Diol’s sister, Hassan, and her 6-month-old daughter, Hawa Beye.

Three other victims survived by jumping from a second-story window, but suffered injuries, according to the probable cause affidavit, which details the horrific moments the fire tore through their home.

What happened the day of the fire?

Around 2:40 a.m. on August 5, 2020, a Denver police officer saw a crowd outside a burning house.

The responding officer called for backup and kicked in the front door, but was “forced away…due to the extreme heat,” the affidavit cited by Fox News says.

The officer could see “a small human body approximately one meter inside the front door.” He tried to go back inside to save the baby, but “it was evident that the person was not alive” and the heat forced him to leave.

Firefighters battled the blaze and made efforts to rescue anyone in the home, but it was too late. Five family members went to sleep hours earlier and did not wake up in time to escape. They all died in the house.

A neighbor’s camera captured three suspects in a video in which they were also seen wearing dark clothing and covering their faces with a white theater or hockey mask.

That was one of three videos mentioned in the affidavit, along with the homeowner’s backyard camera that captured the suspects fleeing the burning home at 2:38 a.m.

The suspects were also seen on other surveillance video breaking into the home, pouring gasoline on the living room walls and turning on the accelerator “in a coordinated” and “planned” attack, according to the documents.

In January 2021, Bui, along with Gavin Seymour and Dillon Siebert, were arrested and charged in connection with the arson and murders.

In total, Bui and Seymour were charged with 60 felonies. Siebert, who was 15 at the time, was charged with 47 felonies.

Siebert pleaded guilty first and was sentenced to three years in a juvenile detention center plus seven more years in state prison. While Seymour pleaded guilty earlier this year and was sentenced to 40 years in prison.

Bui was the last one who resisted until last week. He will be formally sentenced on July 2.

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