1. Support for the family of a mother and daughter recently killed in Albuquerque continues to grow. Friends of Deborah Montano and her 17-year-old daughter, Irisa, are in shock. One of Irisa’s classmates says she was a cheerful person, always helping friends make light of situations. The two were found dead inside their Mesa Ridge apartment Thursday morning. Police say a family member Dustin Brian Montano is the suspect. Authorities say he was found in Colorado in the mom’s car where he was shot by deputies and taken into custody. A GoFundMe page is set up to cover funeral expenses for the mom and daughter. As of Friday morning, it is almost halfway to reaching the goal of $10,000.
Read the full story: Family says pair killed were mother and daughter; suspect in Colorado
2. A political flyer is targeting State Rep. Carl Trujillo and the accusations of sexual harassment against him. The ad put out by Enchantment Pac shows a man grabbing a women’s leg and says “Hands off, Representative Trujillo.” House Democrats have called on Trujillo to resign. Trujillo denies the allegations saying they are politically motivated.
Read the full story: Head-turning flyers highlight sexual harassment claims against state rep
3. A warm and dry finish to the work week with Friday’s temperatures topping out well into the 70s, 80s and 90s, even low 100s in the far Southeast Plains. High pressure nudging into the area will push out what’s left of this week’s moisture, leaving the state with dry conditions and sunshine Friday afternoon.
Read the full forecast: Kristen’s Friday Morning Forecast
4. A Hobbs church is closed while the archdiocese investigated what many are calling a miracle. Worshippers will likely continue flocking to the Lady of Guadalupe church Friday. Thousands have paid the church a visit since last Sunday’s mass when there were reports a statue of The Lady of Guadalupe weeping. Thursday, the Diocese of Las Cruces closed the church to investigate. They say they conduct their investigation in a scientific way, even soaking up the “tears” with cotton balls to preserve the evidence. Worshippers say the tears are oily and smell like roses.
Read the full story: Archdiocese investigates ‘crying’ Our Lady of Guadalupe statue
5. The valedictorian of Albuquerque High School’s class of 2018 is hoping to meet Taylor Swift Friday night at her concert in Denver. He says he also needs your help to do it. Sami Raihane says the famous pop star helped him through some hard times. Instead of quoting a president or iconic historic figure, Raihane quoted his favorite singer in his commencement speech. He also posted his speech on Twitter. So far, it has received 100,000 views.