ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Police are combing through surveillance footage to help capture a killer. The Albuquerque Police Department is investigating the shooting death of a witness to a suspected armed robbery near an Albuquerque park.
Police say 21-year-old Cayla Campos was playing Pokemon Go on Friday with her boyfriend, Sidney before she was shot to death. Her friends are still in disbelief.
“She has helped me through everything, and she has always been there,” said Cody Bell. “Now, she is gone.”
Bell held back tears Sunday when talking about his best friend, Cayla Campos.
“I am really trying hard not to break down right now,” Bell said. “I feel like there is a piece of me that is missing now.”
Bell said she has known Campos for around eight years.
He said they have been inseparable ever since their days at Eldorado High School.
“She was just such an amazing person,” Bell said. “She was my closest friend. I am just devastated that she is gone.”
Campos was shot and killed Friday near Bianchetti Park just before midnight. Bell said she was doing what she does every night.
“Her and her boyfriend always make a loop around this park before they go home and play Pokemon Go because their apartment is literally right there,” Bell said.
Police say Campos and other witnesses observed two individuals committing a robbery against an unidentified party seated in a vehicle on Granite Ave. When she tried to drive away, multiple shots were fired into her car, striking Campos in the back of her neck.
The car crashed into a home.
“We saw on the cameras the car driving through the park right in front of our house,” Mary Light said.
Mary and Kane Light, who live four doors down, provided surveillance footage to police, showing what they believe is Campos’s car just moments before it crashed.
“Even in a nice, quiet family neighborhood like this, there will be dangers and violence happening all the time,” Mary said. “It’s scary.
Bell said his best friend was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.
“Just knowing that I am never going to see her again or talk to her… I am just sorry that her life was taken away so soon,” Bell said.
Bell said Campos had aspirations of becoming a dentist one day. He also said most of her family lives in Arizona, but they are now in town.
They wanted privacy during this difficult time. Police have not revealed a suspect, but they do say the robbery involved a red car that is possibly a Ford Mustang and a silver four-door sedan.
Anyone with information should contact APD at 242-COPS.