California police are investigating a burglary attempt in which the two suspects -- both teenage boys -- were shot dead while trying to enter a home.
Authorities in Sacramento found Steven Crider, 17, and Michael Sambrano, 14, dead early Sunday morning, Fox 40 reports.
Neighbors told the station that the resident of the home is a widowed elderly woman who has been the victim of several burglaries.
“This Easter, she was robbed, and so she had replaced her deadbolt locks with double locking deadbolts and they still got in after that,” said Celeste Gawehn, a friend and neighbor.
Gawehn added that a relative staying with the homeowner fired several rounds in self-defense. The elderly woman had asked the family member to stay with her after the burglaries.
Ashleigh Davison, Crider’s girlfriend, and her mother, Tracy Webb, said he had no parents, was homeless and has been in and out of Child Protective Services.
“It’s not right to break in and to burglarize people’s homes,” Webb told Fox 40. “But at the same time, a life has been lost.”