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Bench dedicated to 2 Schuylkill teen homicide victims

A granite bench that memorializes the two slain Schuylkill County teens is in the backyard of one of their grieving mothers, but that’s not where she wants it to be.

Tanya Evans, mother of Angelito Xavier Caraballo, would rather it be at the playground on Clay Street or James S. Clark Memorial Field in New Philadelphia, places frequented by her son and his friend, Hunter Mock, who was also killed in October.

“I just want it somewhere in town where people can see it,” Evans said.

She was told at a May 7 borough council meeting by a council member, whose name she doesn’t recall, that they wanted to wait until the investigation into the homicides is complete.

She was told a decision on the bench will be made at the June 4 meeting, which she said she will attend.

Borough solicitor Thomas Campion was unavailable. Mayor Terri Gibbons didn’t return a call for comment.

The $3,000, 4-foot-long granite bench was delivered May 11 to Evans’ New Philadelphia home from the Pennsylvania Monument Co., Hazleton. Evans said she started to cry when she saw it.

“It is really beautiful,” she said of the bench, which is inscribed with the names of Mock and Caraballo and an etching of trees and mountains.

It was purchased with excess donations from a GoFundMe campaign for funeral expenses, said Rachael Friendy of Freeland, Hunter’s aunt, who started the fundraiser shortly after the young men were killed.

Evans and Kate Mock, Hunter’s mother, knew about the bench.

Mock didn’t return a call for comment.

Waiting for justice

Evans remains frustrated with the length of time it is taking for police to make an arrest in the case.

“I just don’t think we are going to get justice,” she said.

The bodies of the teens were discovered Oct. 10 at the bottom of an embankment in a wooded area known as “The Sanchez,” a water-filled former mining pit near New Philadelphia.

The victims and two suspects made plans to go shooting about 10:30 p.m. Oct. 8 at the site where Mock and Caraballo’s bodies were found, officials said. Mock, 18, suffered a gunshot wound to the head, while Caraballo, 16, had several puncture wounds and/or cut-type injuries that caused his death, forensic records show.

State Trooper Ethan Brownback, a community service officer at Reading-based Troop L, said he had no new details to report on the investigation.

“It’s still active,” he said, urging anyone with details to contact state police at Frackville at 570-874-5300.

Police are waiting for the results of DNA evidence submitted to a lab regarding the case.

Source: Berkshire mont

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