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Teen Twins Charged With Fatally Stabbing Woman Over Purse-Snatching

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Twin brothers were charged with murder on Wednesday in connection to the purse-snatching and stabbing of a 62-year-old woman who was walking home from a grocery store in South L.A. just days before Christmas.

Kenyata Blake and Keishon Blake, 18, were arrested on Monday and each charged with a one count of murder and two counts of second-degree robbery in the killing of seamstress Maria Elena Rivas, NBC Los Angeles reported.

When Rivas left Ralphs in the Adams-Normandie area on Dec. 22 after buying groceries for Christmas, the Blake brothers allegedly snatched her purse, and then stabbed and killed her.

In the surveillance video at the supermarket, Rivas is seen at the checkout counter with her purse on her shoulder, according to KABC. However, when her body was found on the street, her groceries were still with her but her purse was missing.

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Rivas' nephew, Enrique Contreras, was angered by the killing. "Why can't the criminals (have) just taken the money?" he told NBC Los Angeles. "Why did they have to take her life?"

The brothers are also accused of robbing and attacking a woman in the Mid-City area on Jan. 23.

"Having these two thugs off the streets right now, people should feel a lot safer. These are two bad individuals that no doubt would have continued with their crime spree," LAPD Det. Sal Labarbera told KABC.