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Former high school track star shot and killed in Downtown ABQ

Copyright © 2014 Albuquerque Journal

Carl Ntiforo, 19, watched his brother die in front of him on a downtown Albuquerque street early Friday morning.

The pair had just left Lotus night club, a black-lit gathering spot for both underage and 21-plus clubgoers.

Carl went to his car and came back to pick up his brother – 23-year-old Kyle Ntiforo – only to find him and a friend walking westbound on Gold Avenue behind a group of people they had argued with while inside the club.

“Get in the car,” Carl said.

“Don’t worry Carl, I’ll be okay,” his brother Kyle, a UNM student, responded.

A few minutes later Kyle was dead.

One of the men Kyle was following – dressed in a light red hoodie – turned around near the intersection of Silver and Third and fired three shots into Kyle’s chest from a few feet away.

The suspect fled.

Firefighters clear a scene near a parking lot between Silver and Gold on 3rd Street after a fatal Friday morning shooting. (Nicole Perez/Albuquerque Journal)

Firefighters clear a scene near a parking lot between Silver and Gold on 3rd Street after a fatal Friday morning shooting. (Nicole Perez/Albuquerque Journal)

“I started to chase after him, but it only took a split second to remember I was unarmed,” Carl said. “What was I going to do?”

Instead, he called 911. Ntiforo was pronounced dead soon after.

“I was super close to my brother. I don’t think it’s possible to be closer to a human being,” Carl Ntiforo said. “To see him shot at point blank range, nobody will ever understand it. No words can explain.”

Police haven’t released much information about the shooting, except to say Kyle Ntiforo was shot and killed during an argument early Friday morning.

Nobody has been arrested, police said.

APD spokesman Tanner Tixier said detectives couldn’t release any identifying information about the suspect.

Carl Ntiforo said the shooter looked Hispanic with black curly hair, was around 5 feet 10 inches and weighed about 150 pounds.

Kyle Ntiforo was a star athlete at Belen High School, winning two state championships in the triple jump during his years there. His coach said he was a team leader.

“He was a good influence on the kids. He led by example,” said Jim Edwards, Ntiforo’s track coach at Belen High School. “He did what he was supposed to do, had good grades. He’s very smart.”

Kyle Ntiforo worked as a personal trainer at Training Innovations in Northeast Albuquerque since 2009, Carl Ntiforo said.

The two brothers lived together in Southwest Albuquerque.

Kyle Ntiforo had a high GPA throughout high school, and was working toward a nutrition degree from UNM.

“He was the most intelligent out of all us,” said his sister Cheyenne Ntiforo, one of his four siblings.

Kyle’s death is not the first time tragedy has struck the family.

In 2007, their Belen mobile home burned to the ground.

An electrical fire burned everything the family owned in about 15 minutes, Ntiforo’s father told the Valencia County News-Bulletin in 2007.

Cheyenne Ntiforo said her brother was the glue that held the Ntiforo family together.

“He would come down to Belen every weekend,” she said. “He was so family-oriented. ”

Ntiforo’s mother, Rena Ntiforo, watched as firefighters cleared the scene Friday morning where her son had been shot and killed a few hours earlier.

She stood there crying as they washed his blood off the sidewalk. Then she got in a sedan and left.

 

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