PHOENIX -- Two men were fatally stabbed at a central Phoenix apartment complex over the weekend.
Police have identified the victims as Ker Reh, 54 and Kay Reh, 24. They are both Asian men.
Police were called to the Serrano Village Apartments at 28th Avenue and Camelback Road just after midnight Sunday.
Homicide investigators initially were challenged in obtaining information as the witnesses spoke limited English. Sgt. Steve Martos with the Phoenix Police Department said they spoke Burmese and Karenni.
With the assistance of translators, investigators learned that three teenagers between 15 and 16 years old were walking to the apartment complex to join friends and family to mourn the loss of a community member when they were confronted by five teenagers who engaged them in an altercation. Martos said the suspects were four Hispanic males and one Hispanic female.
The three teenagers ran to the apartment where 40 to 50 people were gathered and told two men what had occurred and that they were being chased by the suspects.
Martos said the two men stepped outside of the apartment to try to calm the suspects and prevent further altercation. The suspects then began to stab both men.
All five suspects fled the scene on foot.
Witnesses described the weapon as some type of long metal crowbar-like rod. Police have not confirmed the weapon.
Investigators are asking for the public's help in identifying and locating the suspects. Anyone with information related to this crime is encouraged to call the Phoenix Police Department's Violent Crimes Unit at 602-262-6141 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS to remain anonymous.