Two suspicious young men joined a Colorado university’s campus tour to which they did not belong, a woman told a 911 dispatcher. They refused to say their names, she said, and one of them started to laugh when she asked what they wanted to study.
“They were lying the whole time,” the woman, a mother of another student on the tour, concluded.
“They just really stand out,” she added, judging from their “odd” behavior and dark clothing with “weird symbolism or wording on it.”
And one of them is “for sure” Hispanic because he said he’s from Mexico.
Contrary to what the woman had suspected, the young men were part of the campus tour. They showed police an email to prove it. The brothers, 19-year-old Thomas Kanewakeron Gray and 17-year-old Lloyd Skanahwati Gray, are Native Americans from the Mohawk tribe who had driven several hours from New Mexico to Colorado State University in Fort Collins to see whether the campus would be a good fit for them. They got lost and arrived 45 minutes late.
After seeing the young men on the tour, the woman called 911. Body camera footage showed the shaggy-haired teens timidly answering questions from police officers. They were told to keep their hands visible. They were patted down because the woman had said one of them had his hand in the pocket of his oversize jacket. They were wearing black clothing, but that “weird symbolism” was metal band logos. One was that of a band called Cattle Decapitation, whose songs protest mistreatment of animals, their mother said.
They told police the woman who was suspicious of them had asked for their names, but they did not say much because they are shy. As their mother would later say, they hadn’t had much experience in the outside world.
By the time police let them rejoin the tour, they had already been left behind. They drove back home.
“Two young men, through no fault of their own, wound…