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Family lays to rest victim who was intentionally run over

Colton Shone
November 21, 2017 06:36 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A week later, the man accused of murdering his girlfriend in northeast Albuquerque is still on the run.

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As the suspect, Dominic Garcia remains at large, family and friends of 19-year-old victim Samantha Sandoval-Lucero said their final goodbyes at St. Therese Catholic Church and laid her to rest.

Sandoval-Lucero, known as Bug to those close to her, will always be remembered as selfless, funny and kind. Her obituary says she loved to color, draw, dance and sing. There was nothing more important to her than family.

“I just still remember her in her Catholic school dress and hair in pigtails. It's hard to imagine that we're burying her today,” said Jerri Pohl, a family friend.

Court records say Garcia, a 39-year-old repeat offender, intentionally ran over Sandoval-Lucero with his vehicle after the two had an argument Nov. 14 near Pennsylvania and Haines.

“He took a very precious child because that's what she was a child,” said another family friend, Virginia Sanchez. “I don't have any idea why she would have been with him. I don't understand. I'm so sorry to the family, that it's tragic.”

Police say Garcia took Sandoval-Lucero to the hospital, where she died. Then he took off.

Garcia had multiple arrest records and two outstanding warrants out for his arrest.

“It's such a sad situation. I hope they bring him to justice,” Marvin Sanchez said.

Her family and friends say if you have any information on the whereabouts of the suspect, call police at (505) 242-COPS.

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Colton Shone

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