NEW PHILADELPHIA, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — The mothers of two teenagers who were murdered in Schuylkill County in October say they want answers and justice for their sons.
The bodies of 18-year-old Hunter Mock and 16-year-old Angelito Caraballo were previously found in a wooded area of New Philadelphia.
They say they are having a very tough time of it, especially with Thanksgiving only two days away and they say not having answers is making it all the more unbearable.
“I love him and I was very proud of him,” said Angelito Caraballo’s Mother Tanya Evans.
Evans fights back tears talking about her son Caraballo, who she called angel.
Carabello and his friend Mock were murdered on October 8 in a wooded area near Ferndale Road in New Philadelphia and their bodies were found two days later.
The coroner says Mock was shot in the head and Caraballo died from puncture wounds and lacerations, according to state police search warrants obtained by the I-Team a week after the murders.
Two people admitted to being at the murder scene. 19-year-old Lamour Branch was taken into custody on unrelated charges and was locked up for more than a month.
Branch was released on bail on Monday and has never been officially called a suspect in the killings, but for these mothers, his release was a shocker.
“My feeling was kind of like the first day the boys were found. Angel and Hunter. It threw me back to the first day. I went into a panic attack. So it was very hard,” said Evans.
They say they are living a real-life nightmare.
“I just want this to be over with. I want the investigation pretty much to be done. I understand that they are taking their time, they are making sure everything is right, but it’s getting very very hard,” Evans explained.
They say they really won’t be celebrating Thanksgiving.
“It’s horrible. It’s horrible. He’s usually the clown of our family. Everybody laughing, having a good time,” said Hunter Mock’s Mother Kate Mock.
28/22 News reached out to state police investigators and have not heard back, but in recent weeks, they have said the investigation is moving forward.