By Associated Press - Tuesday, July 22, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The brutality of the killings on two homeless men shocked residents of New Mexico’s most populous city, but homeless people and advocates for homeless services say violence is commonplace for those who live on the street.

Three teens are accused of killing two men whose heads were smashed with cinder blocks, and police say one of the three told police that they’d previously attacked other homeless people.

Anita Cordova of Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless told the Albuquerque Journal ( ) that violence typically isn’t news in the everyday world of the people her organization serves.

Cordova says she frequently sees people with black eyes, fat lips and other injuries after they’ve been kicked or knocked to the ground.

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