An Uber ride turned deadly along I-25 Sunday evening, killing a 27-year-old man.
“Spunky, fun, and outgoing,” Sammi Sarracino said.
James Porter, the victim in Sunday’s deadly interstate shooting, was Sarracino’s cousin. She called him by his middle name, Patrick. She said the 27-year-old grew up in Cubero, New Mexico, located just east of Grants. He graduated from New Mexico State University and no matter where he lived, Sarracino said, Porter was always involved in his community.
“Pat was here and there and everywhere, and I’m sure that’s why he had so many friends,” she said.
Sarracino said when her cousin made his way up to Albuquerque, he got a job working at HP. She said he also coached girls volleyball and was obsessed with his pets.
“He made Instagram pages for them,” she said. “He just loved his animals. Always asking if we could do pictures of them.”
Sunday night, things turned deadly. The Albuquerque Police Department said Porter and another man were riding in an Uber Sunday around 6 p.m.
Police said the car pulled over on I-25 near Montano, and the driver and one of the passengers started fighting. According to APD, the fight escalated and the driver shot and killed Porter. Detectives have not said where the Uber driver picked up the two men or what caused the fight, saying it’s too early into the investigation.
Sarracino said the family is still in shock.
“St Patty’s Day or just your every Sunday, it didn’t matter to Pat as long as he was having fun,” she said. “How unfair it had to end like that.”
The driver was taken into custody at the scene but has since been released. Police said they are still looking for witnesses to the shooting, anyone who was driving along I-25 around 6 p.m.