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Two killed in separate Albuquerque homicides

Albuquerque police crime scene investigators process the scene of a homicide at 86th Street and Alexis SW. Officers responding to an overnight shooting found a female fatally wounded. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Albuquerque Journal)

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Albuquerque police were investigating separate homicides that left two women dead and others injured in the span of 10 hours – one at a house party on the West Side and another off East Central.

Detectives also released the names of a teenage girl and two men killed in separate incidents last month. Of the past six homicide victims, five have been women or teenage girls.

Gilbert Gallegos, an Albuquerque Police Department spokesman, said detectives are looking for tips in the house party shooting early Tuesday morning that left one woman dead, and another woman and a girl injured.

He said police responded around 1 a.m. to a shooting at a party in the 9000 block of Alexis SW, near 86th Street. Gallegos said officers found the three women with several gunshot wounds.

He said a 20-year-old died from her wounds and the other two – a 17- and 19-year-old – are in stable condition at the hospital. Gallegos did not say what led to the shooting nor whether they have any suspects.

He asked that anyone with information call APD’s non-emergency number at 505-842-STOP. Anyone with video related to the shooting and party can upload the video to this link.

Then, at 10 a.m., police responded to Chico and Grove NE, north of Central, and found a woman lying on the sidewalk.

“The unidentified female appeared to be the victim of a homicide. The scene was secured and a homicide call-out was initiated,” Gallegos said. He gave no other details.

Gallegos also released the names of three June homicide victims: Alyssa Salazar, 14, Weldon Smith, 61, and Milton Austin, 41.

Most recently, on June 29, police responded to a crash near Central and Tingley, and found Salazar and another teen girl dead in a wrecked car. Two males were taken to the hospital and homicide detectives are investigating whether the crash was “the result of an intentional act.”

Gallegos said police are still trying to identify the other girl killed in the crash.

On June 28, officers responded to a shooting at Central and Pennsylvania NE, and found Austin dead. No other details have been given in that case.

On June 25, passersby called 911 after finding Smith’s body along the bosque trail near Atrisco and Regina NW. Police said that Smith had been dead “for some time” and his death was initially ruled suspicious.

Gallegos said an autopsy determined Smith died of blunt force trauma.

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