3 dead in Aztec school shooting, 2 victims identified

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AZTEC, N.M. (KRQE) – New Mexico State Police say two students are dead after a school shooting at Aztec High School in Aztec, NM. The shooter is dead as well.

San Juan County Sheriff’s Office identified the victims as Casey Jordan-Marquez and Francisco “Paco” Fernandez.

People have donated more than $6,000 online to the family of Casey Jordan-Marquez, an Aztec High School cheerleader, through YouCaring and GoFundMe. 

 A GoFundMe account has also been set up for his the family of  Francisco “Paco” Fernandez.

Police have not released the shooter’s identity, but they say he is a man. They would not confirm whether or not he was a student or if there was a motive.

Aztec Police say they got to the school quickly after getting 911 calls just after 8 a.m.

Deputies and Lt. Kyle Lincoln from the San Juan County Sheriff Department then helped clear the building and actively searched the school.

San Juan County Sheriff’s Office then had parents of Aztec High School students pick up them up at Mcgee Park at noon.

A former Aztec school board member who went by the scene shortly after it unfolded and said this is absolutely unheard of in their small community.

“Tragically the horrors that visited many other communities have come to roost here in Aztec,” Michael Padilla said. He also called the scene chaotic, saying there was a massive law enforcement presence.

News 13 spoke to one student who says she listened to the sound of gunshots that got closer and closer to her classroom.

“I was in the classroom and we heard…We heard shots and it wasn’t very close and then it stopped for a little bit. Then we heard shots again and it was really close. And we were sitting in a corner up against a wall and I could like feel it vibrating… and then it stopped,” said student Briley Dills.

She said when it was finally safe to leave the room, someone was dead on the ground right outside her classroom. She said she tried to avoid looking closely.

Later, the Governor spoke to the bravery of people responding at a news conference.

“There were several acts of bravery by staff members, teachers and students that were amazing… that actually saved lives,” Governor Martinez said.

The Governor also mentioned the Public Education Department will be making $120,000 available to help with response in coming days for counselors and security.

There is no school at Aztec High Friday.

New Mexico State Police at this time are asking any witnesses of the shooting to call the following hotline: 505-334-6622 or send a message to the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page. 

The Farmington Police Department Victim Services, New Mexico State Crime Victims Reparation Commission, 11th Judicial District District Attorney’s Office, New Mexico State Police, and New Mexico Attorney General’s Office advocates are coordinating to assist families who have children and/or staff of Aztec High School during today’s tragedy.

Advocates will have applications available to apply for the New Mexico State Crime Victims Reparation Commission benefit. The CVRC may assist families in funding counseling services and medical bills that arose out of this incident.

Advocates will meet with parents of the children and school staff members at the 11th Judicial District Attorney’s Office at 335 S. Miller Ave, Friday, December 8, 2017. Two time slots will be available. We request that families with the last names that begin with A – L come between 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Families with the last names that begin with M – Z come between 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. If either of these times are difficult to attend, please feel free to call the Farmington Police Department victim advocates at 505-327-7701 or call the District Attorney’s victim advocates at 505-599-9810 starting next week, as Thursday and Friday may be difficult to answer calls due to assisting families.

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