Updated: Sunday, 12 Sep 2010, 10:26 PM MDT
Published : Sunday, 12 Sep 2010, 10:26 PM MDT
ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - One of the coldest of New Mexico's cold cases is getting some new attention. The Las Cruces Bowl massacre remains unsolved twenty years after the execution-style shootings of seven people. On Thursday September 16, a film about the massacre, "A Nightmare in Las Cruces" will be showing in Albuquerque.
Filmmaker Charlie Minn hopes it will move someone to come forward with fresh information and break the case. The film aired around the state and parts of the west last winter.
"I found out about the brutal crime in 1990 on 'Unsolved Mysteries' when I was a college student in Boston. I was extremely angered and saddened by the degree of unfairness and the barbaric nature of how children were executed," Minn explained.
On February 10, 1990 two killers stormed into Las Cruces Bowl and shot seven people as they were getting ready for a birthday party. Four people died, Steven Teran, 26, his daughters, Paula, 6 and Valerie, 2, and Amy Hauser, 13. A 12-year-old girl who called 911, Melissa Repass, her mother Stephanie Senac and Ida Holguin survived.
"Perhaps after 20 years people have had a change in loyalty and a change in heart and will step up to the plate and say this was so wrong and this needs to be solved," Minn said.
Sketches of the two killers have circulated for years but they have not been caught. Minn includes actual crime scene video in his film because he feels it is important that people know how gruesome the murders were.
"What this film does is it gives the crime a heartbeat, it keeps it alive and fresh so new leads can come in," Minn said.
During screenings, Minn invites questions from the audience to spread the word about his cause. He told a crowd of movie-goers Sunday afternoon after the movie trailer aired that he is glad to bring this film to New Mexico's largest city.
The film has six showings at the Downtown Century 14 on Thursday.
For more information, go to: www.bowlingmassacre.com/