Grieving northern NM family remember 18-year-old who was 'mistakenly' shot, killed | KOB 4

Grieving northern NM family remember 18-year-old who was 'mistakenly' shot, killed

Kassi Nelson
October 08, 2018 10:26 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— The family of Cameron Martinez, who was shot and killed Thursday near Espanola, is on a mission to make sure the people responsible for his death don’t win.


“People who think they're in gangs and stuff, all I can tell them, the message is, grow up already, grow up,” said Cameron’s father, Urban Martinez

Cameron will be remembered as a person full of passion. Cameron father says his son loved playing basketball at Espanola Valley High School, where he graduated. It earned him the nickname Space Jam Cam.

“He was just one of those kids. Regardless if you were a younger kid or an adult, he made time for you, he made you feel special,” Cameron’s sister Rebecca said.

The family gathered in the driveway of their Alcalde home Monday to share stories about Cameron.

"When he was small, he would say, ‘Dad when I’m in 11th grade, I want you to build me a truck,” his father said.

Mr. Martinez said he made a deal with Cameron.

“You gotta do good in school, you gotta be a good boy, you gotta go to church, you just gotta be all-around good,” Martinez said.

Police believe Cameron was in the wrong place at the wrong time when he was killed.

Investigators say Mark Hice, Anton Martinez, and Axel Zamarron shot at the car Cameron and three friends were in.

Police believe the shooting was a case of mistaken identity.

Urban Martinez said he knew Hice and actually helped him through a tough time as a young boy.

“I know he didn't mean to do it,” Martinez said. “At the same time, that's stupid. You don't shoot at people.”

Cameron's family wants people to realize that actions have consequences.

They're leaning on one another to fight violence in their community because they say that's what Cameron would want them to do.

“As a family, we're not going to let this evil, these people that did this, take more from us than they've already done,” Martinez said. “They're not going to take my family.”

Espanola Valley High School will hold a memorial for Cameron Tuesday at 6 p.m.

There will be a Rosary for Cameron Oct. 10, followed by a mass at 11 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Ohkay Owingeh. The burial will follow at La Villita Cemetary in Alcalde.


Kassi Nelson

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