Rio Arriba County
Gun Violence

  • On June 16, 2017 in Espanola, New Mexico, police charged Damian Herrera, age 21, with several counts of murder following the killing spree over a three-hour span. These homicides included the shooting deaths of Herrera’s mother, Maria Rosita Gallegos, age 49, stepfather, Max Trujillo Sr., age 55, and brother Brendan Herrera, age 20. New Mexico state police say Herrera also killed a third man, Michael Hyle, during a carjacking in Taos county and a fourth man, Manuel Serrano, at a general store in Abiquiu, New Mexico. SOURCE: KOB4 NEWS
  • On February 18, 2017 in Alcalde, New Mexico, Anthony Montoya showed up at a woman’s home with a revolver and threatened her in front of her 3 year-old granddaughter. He said he would kill her and her children if she continued to “snitch” on him. After Montoya left, she called the Arriba county sheriff’s office and reported the incident. SOURCE: SANTA FE NEW MEXICAN
  • On January 27, 2017, in Espanola, New Mexico, a shooting occurred outside a gas station. Espanola police are searching for an Espanola Valley High School boys basketball player and another person in conjunction with this shooting that critically injured a 20 year-old man. Police chief Richard Gallego said the victim was shot in the head and is in critical condition after undergoing surgery at the University of New Mexico hospital.
  • On October 6, 2016 in Espanola, New Mexico, police made an arrest in an Espanola shooting that injured a young mother in a trailer park in September. Robert Doss and his girlfriend, 22 year-old Fatima Trujillo, were driving to a friend’s house in Espanola with their 9 month-old baby in the backseat. Doss told police he and another driver gave each other a “stare-down.” The other driver, now identified as Bernardo Valdez, followed them and eventually started shooting, hitting Trujillo in the chest. One of the shots went through the passenger side door and struck Fatima Trujillo. Bernardo Valdez, age 29 of Espanola, is suspected of firing twice at a vehicle in the Zia Estates trailer Park. SOURCE: SANTA FE NEW MEXICAN and KRQE
  • On August 6, 2015 in Espanola, New Mexico, 36 year-old Jeannie Guttierrez was shot and killed in a road rage incident. She was a member of the Santa Clara Pueblo.
  • On June 6, 2015 in Dulce, New Mexico, a man shot himself to death when police showed up at a campsite in response to a 911 domestic violence call. When the police approached the tent the man emerged from the tent with a handgun. He then held the handgun up to his chin and shot and killed himself.
  • On March 25, 2015 in Rio Arriba, New Mexico, a man is being held on a first degree murder charge for killing another man after a heated exchange in a Rio Arriba home. SOURCE: SANTA FE NEW MEXICAN
  • On July 23, 2014 in Rio Arriba, New Mexico ‘Bear” Sandoval considers himself lucky to be alive after his car was ambushed with gunfire. His body was covered in blood because of the broken glass. Luckily the bullets missed him. SOURCE: ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL
  • On January 17, 2013 in Rio Arriba, New Mexico, a 51 year-old male is behind bars after shooting and killing his 17 year-old niece. SOURCE: JOURNAL STAFF REPORT
  • On September 13, 1993 in Rio Arriba, New Mexico, 9 year-old Vanessa Valerio was shot and killed by a home intruder. Her mother was also shot but survived. A playground has been built in honor of the girl. SOURCE: DAILY KOS
  • On January 28, 1991 in Chimayo, New Mexico, a 28 year-old man shot and killed 7 people including a baby and 2 police officers. SOURCE: LOS ANGELES TIMES
  • On April 22, 2013 in Espanola, New Mexico, 36 year-old Sergio Gandara shot and killed his 33 year-old ex-girlfriend Joneth Boroquez before turning the handgun on himself. Ms. Boroquez is the mother of a 7 year-old girl. SOURCE: SANTA FE NEW MEXICAN
  • On April 4, 2014 in Espanola, New Mexico, a 3 year-old was grazed by a bullet in the Walmart parking lot during a gang feud. SOURCE: NEW MEXICAN