Two arrested in fatal road rage shooting of 16-year-old | KOB 4

Two arrested in fatal road rage shooting of 16-year-old

J.R. Oppenheim and Kai Porter
May 01, 2018 06:27 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Bernalillo County sheriff's deputies say they've made two arrests in the road rage shooting death of a 16-year-old boy earlier this year.


BCSO charged 19-year-old Alexis Rogers and her 16-year-old boyfriend Damian Luna with the murder of Efrain Arzate Jr. in the South Valley, Public Information Officer Felicia Maggard said Monday night.

Deputies found Arzate with a gunshot wound in the back seat of a Dodge Challenger near the intersection of Gun Club Road and Kirk Lane the night of March 10. Arzate later died at a hospital, and deputies determined it was a case of road rage.

Rogers and Luna also face tampering with evidence, conspiracy, child abuse resulting in death, and shooting from a motor vehicle charges. She fought back tears as she made her first court appearance by video from jail Tuesday afternoon.

The public defender took issue with the murder charge, arguing Rogers didn't pull the trigger. The judge did find probable cause for the murder charge.

The criminal complaint states "As the driver of the offender vehicle, Alexis aided in escalating the incident by intentionally following the victims and allowing Damian to shoot at them from her vehicle."

According to court documents, witnesses said Luna got mad after another driver cut them off and "Damian had shot an entire 'clip' at the victims."

A witness told detectives Rogers and Luna went on the run to El Paso, Texas, Nevada and Colorado after learning someone in the other car had been killed. Detectives eventually identified both of them as suspects – and issued warrants for their arrest.

KOB spoke with Arzate's father a week after the shooting when his son was still on life support in the hospital.

"It's something that I dearly do not wish this on anybody," he said. "We are all devastated – all of us, not just our family members but friends that are very close to my son."


J.R. Oppenheim and Kai Porter

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