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Police name suspect in double slaying

Brandon Vigil, 19 (MDC)

Daniel Miramontes and Consuela Rios, both 19, died in a shooting in Southwest Albuquerque July 5. (Source: Bobby Armijo)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Albuquerque police arrested a man who they say killed two 19-year-olds in southwest Albuquerque in early July.

Brandon Vigil, 19, faces two counts of murder in the deaths of Daniel Miramontes and Consuela Rios, according to the criminal complaint filed in Metropolitan Court.

Vigil shot both people inside Miramontes’ home, near Bridge and Coors SW, on July 5, according to police.

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Police were called to the scene after Vigil showed up at a neighbor’s house covered in blood saying he shot someone and “he didn’t know what else to do … or where to go,” according to the complaint.

When police showed up at Miramontes’ house, they found Miramontes clinging to life and Rios already dead from multiple gunshot wounds.

According to the complaint, officers spoke to Vigil at the scene, and he told police he shot Miramontes and Rios in self-defense after Miramontes tried to shoot him first. Vigil said he used two guns – both Miramontes’ – an Uzi and a revolver.

The officers released him, but later charged him with murder after speaking to multiple people who said Vigil had told them he had planned to kill and rob Miramontes, according to the complaint.

One of the people told police that Vigil said he shot Miramontes “multiple times” with his own revolver as he came out of the shower.

He told officers that Miramontes was still alive after being shot and realized Vigil had shot him.

“Daniel grabbed a hold of Brandon and said ‘Brandon, no!’ ” the person told police.

Vigil reportedly said he then shot Rios with an Uzi that had been lying on Miramontes’ bed.

Miramontes grabbed Vigil’s ankle as Vigil tried to leave the room, so he shot him multiple times with the Uzi and stopped when the gun jammed, according to the complaint.

“Brandon stated the devil got into his head when asked why he did this,” an officer wrote in the complaint.


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