ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – After a record year for murders in 2019, Albuquerque’s first homicide of 2020 happened within hours of the New Year.
Police haven’t released many details, but the homeowner says the suspects who killed his best friend were uninvited.
“I came out here and my best friend was in a pool of blood,” Andres Chavez said.
Chavez says he was ringing in the New Year with friends at his home near Ladera and Atrisco when a fun night turned deadly.
“These are the most innocent looking kids I’ve ever seen. One was in a wheelchair. They were very nice to me. I didn’t expect it, bro,” he said.
Chavez says three people who he doesn’t know showed up to the party around 2:00 a.m. and got into a fight with his friend.
“So when the three guys pulled out the guns they started shooting in my house,” he said.
Eventually, things moved outside where Chavez says he tried to calm everyone down.
“They were out here just screaming. I was trying to get them out of here, at which point, my buddy, he ran outside and he was gunned down in the street,” Chavez said.
He says the three men took off in a car while he sat with his friend, Vicente Romero, until first responders arrived.
“I just sat there with him as he took his last breath and he passed away right there,” Chavez said.
He’s now hoping justice will be served for his friend.
“I think if they’ve done it before they’re gonna do it again and again until they’re put away. They have zero regard for life. I seen it in their eyes as they paced around in my front yard,” Chavez said.
A second New Years’ shooting victim was dropped off at Presbyterian Hospital. Police say he is in critical condition but is expected to survive. Chavez says he doesn’t know that victim.