ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) - Twenty years ago, several people died ina bowling alley in Las Cruces. Two men walked in and shot sevenpeople, including four children during a "robbery in progress."
Three people died instantly, one died on the way to ahospital and two survived.
The case has never been solved.
On Feb. 10, the 20th anniversary of the massacre, a film isbeing released in Las Cruces and in Albuquerque about the event.Six people from Alamogordo took part in the making of "A Nightmarein Las Cruces."
Filmmaker Charlie Minn had the goal of giving life to thevictims of the shooting for his audience.
"I wanted to humanize the victims," Minn said. "What happenedthat morning is too important to forget. I am trying to re-createthe horror in the office."
One of the goals of the film, Minn said, is to get peoplethinking again, hopefully to jar some memories and perhaps get someleads into solving the crime.
Detective Mark Myers with the Las Cruces CriminalInvestigation Division took over the case in 2002.
"We've followed a lot of leads in that time," Myers said."It's pretty frustrating. That's why we embrace Charlie's effort.There is probably somebody who knows something somewhere."
Myers said there are still leads being investigated, but theyare not yielding much in terms of results.
"We're hoping the people with pieces of the puzzle finallycome out," Myers said.
Minn said he saw the original event re-enacted on "UnsolvedMysteries," 19 years ago and it has stayed with him ever since.When he was ready to search for a big personal project, he cameback to it.
"To this day, it just haunts me," he said.
It was the 911 call that made Minn want to work on theproject.
One of the victims who survived, 15-year-old Melissa Repass,reached the phone, despite being shot five times, and made thecall.
The film itself revolves around the call, playing portions ofit throughout as it progresses through the day of the massacrethrough the following investigation, Minn said.
Alamogordo casting director Richard Gill provided Minn withsome of the talent he was able to use.
Wayno Sanchez, of Alamogordo, plays Steven Teran, who arrivedat work that morning at the bowling alley with his two little girlsin tow. All three died.
"I didn't know what I was getting into," Sanchez said. "Youhear things like that. No one should have anything like that happento them."
Playing one of the gunmen, Alamogrodo's Presciliano Ancirasaid the role was difficult.
"After hearing the 911 call, it was probably the hardest roleI ever had to play," Ancira said. "Probably because it was real. Ihad to put a gun to a 2-year-old's head."
Ancira said he hopes the film is doing something worthwhilefor the victims' families.
With long hours and emotional, difficult material to workwith, Minn said everyone in the cast and crew did a great job.
"They became very involved," he said. "I just hope after thisfilm someone will come forward. I hope to see a lot of scum bags atthe theater."
The movie is not only about what happened 20 years ago, Minnsaid.
"Its about hope, recovery and being tough," he said.
Minn will be leading a discussion about the bowling alleymassacre at 6 p.m. Monday at Barnes and Noble, 700 S. Telshor Blvd.in Las Cruces. The public is welcome.
"A Nightmare in Las Cruces" opens in Las Cruces at theCineport 10 on Feb. 10 and in Albuquerque at the Guild Cinema,where it will play on Feb. 10-11, at 9:15 p.m.
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