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Schuylkill moms of 2 slain teens invite public to protest

The mothers of the two New Philadelphia teenagers found slain Oct. 10 are inviting the public to a protest along Laurel Boulevard outside the Schuylkill County Courthouse on Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Kate Mock and Tanya Evans said they are frustrated in the lack of progress in justice for their sons, Hunter Mock, 18, and Angelito Xavier Caraballo, 16, and chose the venue because of its high visibility.

“Even if we don’t know them, we would like them to come and show their support,” Evans said.

“It will never be over for me — because I can’t ever bring him back,” Mock said. “I just want to make my son proud of me and bring him justice.”

Mock said she recently called Pottsville Police Chief John Morrow to inform him of the protest and ask if a permit is needed. She hasn’t heard back, but Mayor Dave Clews said Monday that to his knowledge a permit is not required.

The mothers are frustrated that no one has been arrested in their sons’ deaths.

“If this is the best the state police have to offer, we’re screwed,” Mock said of the lack of progress.

She said she went to the Frackville state police barracks Monday.

“What have you learned?” she asked police. She said they told her they are still investigating.

“We’ve been given less information than any other victim I know,” she said.

Evans believes borough and Blythe Township police are patrolling past their homes more often, which makes her feel safer.

The bodies of Mock and Caraballo were found Oct. 10 in a wooded former mining area known as “The Sanchez” about a mile east of New Philadelphia. Mock suffered a gunshot wound to the head, while Caraballo has several puncture wounds and/or laceration–type injuries that caused his death, forensic records show.

Schuylkill County District Attorney Michael A. O’Pake said last week that he believes state police are doing all they can to bring those responsible to justice. He did not return a call for comment Monday.

State police Trooper David Beohm, public information officer for Reading-based Troop L, said last week that the investigation continues. He previously said there would be no update until charges are filed.

Source: Berkshire mont

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