Denver prosecutors will charge two teens as adults for alleged roles in fire that killed Diol family

Sixteen-year-olds Kevin Bui and Gavin Seymour won’t get treated as juveniles.

Denver Fire crews put out a fire at 5312 N. Truckee St. in Green Valley Ranch.

Denver Fire crews put out a fire at 5312 N. Truckee St. in Green Valley Ranch.

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Prosecutors have charged three teenagers allegedly involved in an arson that killed five members of a family, including an infant and a toddler, in Green Valley Ranch last summer.

Kevin Bui and Gavin Seymour, both 16, will face murder charges as adults for their alleged crimes, according to Denver District Court records. A third boy, who is 15 and has not been publicly identified, will face 47 charges — including murder — as a juvenile, according to the Office of the Denver District Attorney.

The teens were involved in the fire at 5312 N. Truckee St. on Aug. 5, 2020, according to the Denver Police Department. Among those killed were Djibril Diol, 29, Adja Diol, 23, and their nearly 3-year-old daughter, Khadija, as well as Hassan Diol, 25, and her infant daughter, Hawa Beye.

Three family members jumped from the home’s second story and survived, according to the DA’s office.

Bui and Seymour face 60 charges, including murder, after deliberation and with “extreme indifference,” court records state. They also face charges for burglary, assault and arson, among other “sentence enhancement” charges, according to the records.

While the two boys will be tried in adult court, sentences are more lenient for juveniles convicted of murder. Under state law, Bui and Seymour face a maximum of 40 years in prison with the possibility of parole.

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