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For the first time since the grisly details were released in the murders of Natalie Cano-Partida and Derek Greer, their mothers are speaking out. 

It has been a long and bumpy road since the mothers found out their teenagers were murdered back in March.

Since then, they've spent an empty five months in the dark without their children, not knowing how or why they died.

"The worst nightmare has happened to me," Tamara Partida, Natalie's mother said.

Partida knew something was wrong the night her daughter Natalie left the house for what would the final time, back in March.

"We argued the night before because I didn't want her leaving and the last thing she said to me was, I love you mom," she said.

That next day, 16-year-old Natalie Cano-Partida and her friend, 15-year-old Derek Greer were found on the side of Old Pueblo Road.

"I always wondered, at what point did they know that they were in trouble, and that they probably weren't coming home?" she said.

Now, the families trying to process why their children would be killed execution style over a dispute at a party after a judge unsealed court documents. Those documents also detailing who, out of the ten arrested, were the ones to pull the trigger as Derek and Natalie took their final breaths.

"I just wonder why," she said. "She didn't know him. Derek didn't know him. How could he have done something so ruthless, both of them. But I look at all of them that way."

Partida, though, is grateful she's not in this alone.

"Two kids, all they ever wanted to do was fit in and have friends and have fun," Heather Ferguson, Derek's mother said.

Derek's mother, Sarah Ferguson, has been by her side since day one.

"I thought I had played out the worst case scenario, I had not," Ferguson said.

Even before she learned some of the grisly details surrounding the senseless killing of her son, one of the hardest parts has been having to face those suspected killers in court.

"It's hard being in the courtroom with them, especially because they're laughing and that's one of the hardest parts probably is that they don't show any remorse whatsoever, they still just think it's so funny that they just took two innocent people off this planet," she said.

Still, both mothers are working together to make sure justice is served for the teens who never got the change to finish growing up.

"I hope justice is served and I hope one day these people feel remorse for what they did to two innocent children," she said.

As bad as they are hurting, both mothers have not asked for the death penalty for any of the murder suspects yet.

By the way, even though the arrest report was finally released, the autopsy report will stay sealed until preliminary hearings this fall.

The judge ruled it could traumatize family members and possibly taint a jury pool.

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