1. Prosecutors are shifting their focus in the brutal death of 13-year-old Jeremiah Valencia after one of the suspect dies from apparent suicide. District Attorney Marco Serna confirmed Thomas Ferguson died inside the Santa Fe County Detention Center. Ferguson is accused of severely beating Jeremiah and then locking him in a dog kennel for hours before his death. As for Ferguson’s death, KRQE News 13 is hoping to learn more details Monday. What we do know is Ferguson was alone in a segregated unit with welfare checks every 30 minutes. Jeremiah’s mom, Tracey Pena and Ferguson’s son, Jordan Nunez are also charged in the case. Serna says his office is going to now focus their attention on them.
2. An Albuquerque man and his soon-to-be-bride are fighting for their lives. The woman’s grandson is also recovering from injuries. They were hit by an alleged drunk driver in a stolen car. Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Deputies say the family’s car was t-boned by 26-year-old Alexzandria Castillo on Broadway and Bell. Castillo was allegedly drunk behind the wheel of a stolen vehicle when deputies attempted to pull her over. Deputies say she fled, running a stop sign. According to a criminal complaint, the deputy turned on the patrol car’s lights and sirens but disengaged them when Castillo didn’t stop. The family is still upset saying the deputy should not have pursued the suspect, who’s still in jail as of Monday morning.
3. A mostly quiet start to our Monday with partly cloudy skies and mild morning temperatures in the 50s and 60s.
Full Story: Kristen’s Monday Morning Forecast
4. Facebook says it will begin helping New Mexico small businesses in Albuquerque. The social media giant is traveling to 30 cities across the nation, including two in New Mexico. In Albuquerque, Facebook will train on coding, building websites and how to use the Facebook to bolster business. Facebook will also travel to Santa Fe.
Full Story: Facebook holds events to help local businesses
5. Old photos found on I-40 near Route 66 Casino are back with their owner. Ernest Baca recently found the photos along with decades-old documents and began searching for the owners. A woman in Belvidere, Illinois says the name on the photo, Ross Kinkade is her father-in-law. Kinkade’s son moved to Albuquerque years ago, but died in 2016. The family thought they gathered all his belongings. So how the pictures ended up on the highway remains a mystery.
Full Story: Man finds family behind lost photos
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