Hobbs police have arrested a man in connection with a shooting at a house party that left three people dead and four wounded Sunday.
Officers responding to reports of a loud party and gunfire arrived at a home on East Bond Street just after midnight to find seven people shot. Lamar Lee-Kane Jr., a 22-year-old University of the Southwest basketball player; Khalil Carter, an 18-year-old who graduated from high school just days before the shooting; and Kristal Avena, a 24-year-old who leaves behind a 4-year-old daughter, were pronounced dead at the scene.
Bishop Henderson, 19, “a subject involved in the incident on Bond Street,” was arrested Sunday afternoon, according to police. He has been charged with aggravated battery, but police say he could face additional counts as the investigation unfolds. Henderson is being held in the Hobbs city jail, and it is not clear whether police have any other suspects.
Hobbs police offered few details in Sunday’s news releases, and attempts to reach the department for additional information were unsuccessful.
A second USW basketball player, Rontrell Hills, 23, of Louisiana, was wounded in the shooting along with Michael Major, 21, of Florida, Turon Windham, 20, of Chicago, and Jasmine Stansell, 20, of Amarillo. Major was treated and released from a hospital in Lea County, while the other three were airlifted to Lubbock.
The shooting comes just days after many students returned to campus to begin the fall semester at USW, a four-year Christian university. John Garcia, a former basketball player there, said the team is struggling to come to terms with Sunday’s events.
“It’s just hard to process all this. It doesn’t seem real,” said Garcia, a USW junior who shared a dorm room with Lee-Kane last year. “I don’t think it’s really set in with me yet.”
Garcia said that Lee-Kane was a hard worker who was dedicated to becoming a better player and always had a smile on his face.
“He didn’t have hate in him,” Garcia said. “He just wanted to have a good time with everybody, wanted to live his best life.”
Meanwhile, Sandra Todd and Aniah Carolina were mourning the loss of Carter – a grandson and brother who had pushed through summer classes and finished high school on Thursday.
Todd said her grandson was a handsome and talented young man who was learning to weld, hoped to take classes at a local junior college and planned to find work in the oil industry. His sister, Carolina, added that he liked to cook, loved video games and made memes in his free time.
“He was a good person,” Carolina said.
“He was a good big brother,” Todd added.