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Final suspect in fatal Edgewood gas station shooting still at large

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico State Police are still looking for the last of seven suspects accused in the fatal shooting of a 62-year-old gas station attendant during a robbery in Edgewood last week.

Daniel “DJ” Martinez, 30 is the only suspect still on the loose. On Friday, a NMSP spokeswoman announced they had arrested Daniel J. Gonzales, 29, Morgan Ramirez, 30, Donald Herbert Gregory, 46, Veronica M. Martinez, 30, Eileen G. Sandoval, 48 and on Saturday they arrested Misty Roseanne Nevarez, 29.

All of the suspects are from Albuquerque, except for Gregory who is from Edgewood. Those six have all been charged with first degree murder, armed robbery and tampering with evidence.

On Feb. 11, state police were called to investigate after they say a man shot and killed gas station attendant Michael Pelkey during an armed robbery at the Smith’s Fuel Center off Edgewood.

Lt. Elizabeth Armijo said a man with a bandana over his face had entered the gas station behind Pelkey — while he was busy helping another customer — and taken money from the register.

“Mr. Pelkey then observed the male behind him and followed him outside the booth,” Armijo wrote in an email. “Outside the booth, an altercation ensued between Mr. Pelkey and the robber and Mr. Pelkey was shot.”

Pelkey was taken to the hospital, where he died.

After getting leads and tips from the public and conducting interviews with witnesses, state police rounded up several of the suspects last week.