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Another suspicious death now ruled suicide

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Albuquerque Police Department released the names of four men killed in shootings across the city this month, and took at least one homicide off the list during a record-breaking year.

Gilbert Gallegos, an APD spokesman, said the deaths of David Ferrel, 21, Daniel Redfearn, 41, Luis Ortiz, age unavailable, and Noah Najera, 18, are all being investigated as homicides. No arrests have been made.

Gallegos also said the Nov. 28 death of 36-year-old Jeffrey Stevens, initially ruled suspicious, has since been ruled a suicide. Stevens was found dead in a West Side home with a gun beside him.

That puts the current homicide total at 77 for 2019. The number represents the highest number of slayings the city has seen in recent history. The last time Albuquerque came close was in 2017, when there were 72.

The first killing of the month fell on Dec. 3, when Ferrel was critically injured in a shooting at Pennsylvania and Indian School NE.

He was taken off life support the following week.

On Dec. 11, Redfearn was shot and killed in a Northeast Albuquerque apartment, near Pennsylvania and Central.

The next two homicides happened within an hour on Dec. 16. Around 7 p.m., officers found Najera fatally shot in the parking lot of the Canyon Vista Apartments at Montgomery and Morningside. Then paramedics responded to an overdose call on the West Side around 7:40 p.m., but found Ortiz shot to death near Tower and Unser SW.

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