Teen arrested in slaying of mail carrier - Albuquerque Journal

Teen arrested in slaying of mail carrier

A makeshift memorial was built outside the Five Points Postal Office where letter carrier Jose Hernandez worked. Hernandez was shot and killed on his route near 98th and Tower SW Monday afternoon. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Journal)

Copyright © 2019 Albuquerque Journal

Authorities have caught the 17-year-old accused of gunning down a mail carrier during a dispute outside his mother’s house in a West Side neighborhood on Monday afternoon.

Albuquerque Police Department spokesman Gilbert Gallegos said officers with APD and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service arrested Xavier Zamora “without incident” during a joint operation Wednesday night.

The teen faces an open count of murder in the death of 47-year-old Jose Hernandez, a longtime mail carrier.

“APD worked closely with USPIS and the FBI to ensure Zamora was located and arrested,” Gallegos said. “The investigation is ongoing.”

Police say Zamora was arguing with his mother outside their home in the 700 block of Terracotta SW, near Tower and 98th Street, on Monday afternoon. Hernandez was working his mail route when he came upon the fight and intervened.

Court records allege Zamora “became aggressive” and Hernandez ended up macing the teen. Then Zamora got a gun from inside the house and shot Hernandez.

Police say Zamora ran back inside the house as neighbors tried to revive Hernandez, but he died at the scene.

The SWAT team responded to the block and entered the home, searching for Zamora, but he was nowhere to be found. Neighbors and coworkers soon erected a memorial at the site of the shooting as police launched into a search for Zamora.

Hernandez’s family told the Journal he was a native of Phoenix, had four children and was an Army veteran.

He had worked for the U.S. Postal Service in Albuquerque for 12 years and out of the Five Points post office for the past five, according to a Postal Service spokesman.

Home » News » Albuquerque News » Teen arrested in slaying of mail carrier


Albuquerque Journal and its reporters are committed to telling the stories of our community.

• Do you have a question you want someone to try to answer for you? Do you have a bright spot you want to share?
   We want to hear from you. Please email yourstory@abqjournal.com

taboola desktop

1
Dean Hansel Burley receives vote of no confidence
ABQnews Seeker
Provost will consider faculty's position Provost will consider faculty's position
2
Montgomery speed cam MIA; balloonists block neighborhood
ABQnews Seeker
City temporarily removed Montgomery camera after ... City temporarily removed Montgomery camera after vandalism
3
Balloons greet visitors from near and far on fiesta's ...
ABQnews Seeker
Clouds couldn't damper balloon launch, excitement ... Clouds couldn't damper balloon launch, excitement
4
Court upholds dismissal of criminal charges under ethics law
ABQnews Seeker
AG calls on lawmakers to tighten ... AG calls on lawmakers to tighten state's anti-corruption statute
5
NM startup on cusp of DNA sequencing breakthrough
ABQnews Seeker
Technology to rapidly read long strands ... Technology to rapidly read long strands of DNA with molecular-level precision
6
Cannon airman found dead in home
ABQnews Seeker
Details surrounding the death are under ... Details surrounding the death are under investigation
7
College players sweep pro tennis tourney at UNM
ABQnews Seeker
One day after two UNM Lobos ... One day after two UNM Lobos won the doubles title of Albuquerque's ITF 15K pro tennis tournament, a Texas Tech player won the singles ...
8
American Airlines plane evacuated at Albuquerque Sunport
ABQnews Seeker
FBI officials in Albuquerque did not ... FBI officials in Albuquerque did not disclose nature of security threat
9
APD investigates 'suspicious death' on West Side
ABQnews Seeker
Person found dead outside Discount Tire Person found dead outside Discount Tire