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Police investigating double homicide in Clovis

Leonard Tapia
April 20, 2017 06:40 PM

CLOVIS, N.M. -- Police in southeast New Mexico are investigating their second and third homicide this year. The Major Crimes Unit, which includes several law enforcement agencies in southeast New Mexico, was on scene in Clovis Thursday morning trying to piece together the two deaths.


“I heard the shots and then I'd seen the police,” said one witness.

Police were called to the to the 1000 block Martin Luther King Boulevard just after 4 a.m. Thursday morning and found a man identified as 43-year-old David Lopez was lying on the ground apparently shot in the back.

On the way there, police found a car in a ditch that had crashed into a wall. The body of 25-year-old Carlos Gallegos was inside.

“They found that the subject inside the car was also unresponsive,” said Clovis Police Department Lt. Daron Roach.

Both men were pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of death for Lopez and Gallegos is still under investigation, but police say they believe the murders are connected.

“It is related,” Roach said. “Evidence at both scenes indicates that they were uh, at the same place at the same time.”

KOB spoke to residents who live in the area where both men were killed. They did not want to be identified, but they say something like this is too close for comfort.  

“It could have been me, or it could have been my niece,” one person said. 


Leonard Tapia

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