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Albuquerque police ID first homicide victims of 2020

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Albuquerque Police Department has released the names of two men killed in separate shootings in the city over the first week of 2020.

Gilbert Gallegos, an APD spokesman, said Vicente Romero, 23, was slain on Jan. 1 outside a northwest Albuquerque townhouse.

Less than a week later, Thomas Gonzales, 34, was killed in a southeast Albuquerque mobile home park.

No arrests have been made in either case.

It was just hours into the new year when officers responded to the first shooting around 2 a.m. in the 3900 block of Ladera NW, near Atrisco. When police arrived, they found several people at the home and an unconscious Romero lying in the driveway. Paramedics couldn’t revive him.

Police say a second man was also injured in the shooting and dropped off at the hospital. That man is expected to survive. His role in the incident is unclear.

The Quay County Sun reported that Romero is a Tucumcari native and a relative told the publication that three suspects are being investigated in connection with Romero’s death.

Then, on Sunday night, police responded to a shooting around 9 p.m. at a mobile home park in the 9000 block of Zuni SE, near Wyoming. Officers found Gonzales dead from a gunshot wound.

The incidents came on the heels of a record-breaking year of homicides, with 82 killings in 2019. It was the highest number in recent history, surpassing the previous record of 72 in 2017.

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