published Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Suspect arrested in Atlanta-area slaying of 2 boys

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    Gwinnett County Police investigate near the multiple homicide scene in Huntington Falls subdivision near Lawrenceville, Ga. on Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011. Two children were killed and their father and their 9-year-old sibling are in the hospital Wednesday night after being either stabbed or shot at their home according to police. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal & Constitution, Hyosub Shin)

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. — Police have identified the victims and suspect in an attack on a suburban Atlanta family that left two young boys dead and two other family members injured.

Gwinnett County police Cpl. Jake Smith said Thursday police have arrested 28-year-old Antonio Cardenas-Rico and charged him with two counts of murder. He is being held without bond.

Police say 3-year-old Bradley Garcia and 1-year-old Edward Garcia were found stabbed to death at the home near Lawrenceville. The children's father, 23-year-old Elvis Garcia, and another 3-year-old brother were hospitalized with stab wounds. Smith says the 3-year-olds are twins.

Smith says the family knew Cardenas-Rico but police declined to disclose the nature of their relationship.

Police say the children's mother and an older sister weren't home at the time and were found unhurt.

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