``My kids saw them first, on the way to school,'' said Francelisa Pérez, whose one-story house is 150 yards from the gruesome discovery. ``Their hands were tied.''
Six bodies -- all with multiple bullet wounds, some with signs of torture -- were recovered from the river bank at Agua Clara, a popular spot just outside this small town in the foothills of the Venezuelan Andes.
The dead included two 16-year-old girls, who had been raped, and two boys of 15. Three more teens, though shot, managed to escape. All had been taken in police cars, hours earlier, from homes in Sanare in the neighboring state of Lara.