Police: Weapon in 3 N. Carolina boys’ slayings was a machete

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Police say a machete was used in the deadly attack on three young brothers from a refugee community in North Carolina.

New Bern Police Lt. Ronda Allen confirmed Thursday that a machete was used in the attack, which also left the boys’ mother and sister with injuries. Authorities have also described the weapon as a knife.

Allen says the father of the children was away from the house at work when the neighbor attacked the family Tuesday night. The mother and a 14-year-old daughter have been treated and released.

The suspect, identified as 18-year-old Eh Lar Doh Htoo, was scheduled to make his first court appearance Friday. Police say that Htoo knew the victims and that all were part of a community of refuges from Myanmar.