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Queens man killed pair he believed were witches, says NYPD

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A Queens man who authorities said called 911 to say he beat his girlfriend and her daughter to death with a hammer because they were “witches” was arrested Wednesday.

Carlos Alberto Amarillo, 44, was awaiting arraignment Wednesday on charges of first and second degree murder in the deaths of Estrella Castaneda, 56, and her daughter Lina Castaneda, 25, in East Elmhurst.

Amarillo told a 911 operator he “killed them because they are witches. I want the police to kill me. I killed them with a hammer,” according a statement released by Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.

A seven-year-old daughter of Lina Castaneda was found unharmed, Brown added.

Wednesday killings come as the number of homicides in the city have been ahead of last year’s pace. Through Sunday there have been 28 homicides this year, up from 21 in 2013, NYPD records show.

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