Victim in Carlsbad shooting a 'loyal' community member | KOB 4

Victim in Carlsbad shooting a 'loyal' community member

Leonard Tapia
July 19, 2017 06:59 PM

CARLSBAD, N.M. – There are still a lot of unanswered questions about the man and woman who were found dead inside a tax service business in Carlsbad on Monday.


KOB found out on Wednesday that police are no longer seeking any suspects.

Now, all that sits in front of the tax business is a small shrine of roses in remembrance of 48-year-old Lisa Sexton, an involved and recognizable member of the community.

“She was a great lady,” said Zelma Lopez, Lisa’s acquaintance. “You definitely saw her at different places doing different things.”

Residents tell KOB Sexton was involved in the local Lions Club, served as member of the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce, and was a tax reform and child advocacy lobbyist.

Unfortunately, all that community involvement came to sudden and mysterious end on Monday.

Police told KOB they found Sexton and 50-year-old Nathan Hartman dead inside the tax service business Monday morning. Sexton was the owner.

Investigators said Sexton and Hartman both suffered a single gunshot wound. Multiple bullet casings and a pistol were found near the bodies.

People in Carlsbad are now left remembering Sexton as a woman they say was selfless and who cared dearly about her community.

“We only have so many people that take active roles in the community,” Lopez said. “We're one short now.”

KOB spoke to many others who did want to go on camera, but they said Sexton was a giving, loyal and caring person who was loved by many.

Police say they are not looking for any suspects at this time. They say evidence indicates Sexton and Hartman were the only two inside the building at the time of the shooting.

KOB did try to get in touch with Hartman's friends and family, but were not able to contact them. In the meantime, detectives said they are investigating the crime and awaiting lab results from the crime scene before releasing new details.


Leonard Tapia

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