Family, friends mourn Albuquerque man killed in shooting at car wash


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A huge crowd of family and friends showed up Monday night for a vigil in honor of a motorcyclist killed Sunday at an Albuquerque car wash.

Hundreds gathered at the site of the shooting to light candles around 8:45 p.m. — the time Earl Roybal died Sunday night.

His family and friends just want justice for what they call a “senseless act.”

“Earl touched everybody’s hearts, to know him was to love him,” said John Trujillo, a friend of the victim.

Earl Roybal, 59, was a motorcyclist, retired from the Army and was a passionate advocate for veterans.

Roybal was shot and killed at the “Hose It” self-service car wash near Coors and Quail Sunday evening.

Friends were left stunned by the news, especially his fellow members of Onagers, the veterans support motorcycle group Roybal belonged to.

“We lost somebody that’s irreplaceable, not just to the community, but to our hearts,” said Freddie Lopez.

Police say they’re still sorting out what led up to the shooting.

KRQE News 13 cameras captured a man detained in the back of a patrol car, but police say no arrests have been made.

The Albuquerque Police Department did confirm the shooter was among those who called 911, and said detectives are working to figure out if it was justified, or if charges should be brought.

Friends of Roybal believe the shooter was impatient over the car wash stall.

“Regardless of what the circumstance is, there’s no excuse for this type of violence and this type of behavior,” said John Trujillo.

APD says they don’t expect to release any update on the killing until Tuesday.

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