Man accused of murdering his neighbor in SW Albuquerque

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – An Albuquerque man is charged with the murder of his neighbor, marking the 74th homicide of the year.

It happened near Bridge and Sunset late Sunday night. According to a criminal complaint, Jonathon Mendosa showed up outside 27-year-old Cesar Valencia Jr’s home.

A witness says Valencia told Mendosa to never come to his house again, and that’s when Mendosa shot him in the chest, killing him.

Sunday night’s shooting marks the highest homicide rate in recent history. The last record was in 2017 at 72.

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