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Las Cruces Police: Man killed father, brother with a hammer

Update (June 27, 2024): The Dona Ana District Attorney says Noyola is being held in the detention center without bond.

Update (June 26, 2024): Court documents state that when an officer arrived outside the house on the 1100 block of Wofford Drive he could smell blood from inside the house.

Court documents state Luis Noyola told the officer "I just murdered my brother and father."

In the court documents, investigators say Luis Noyola believed his brother had committed an number of electronic crimes against him, and that his family was putting urine and feces in his food.

Update (June 24, 2024): Las Cruces police just identified several people allegedly involved in the double homicides.

Firstly, police say they arrested 46-year-old Luis G. Noyola and charged him in the murder of his father, 88-year-old Francisco Javier Noyola, and brother, 51-year-old Lucio Noyola. The charges are connected to the double homicide on the 1100 block of Wofford Drive.

Courtesy: Dona Ana County Detention Center

Police say that investigators believe Luis Noyola used a hammer to kill his father and brother. He is also charged with evidence tampering because police say he tried to clean the scene afterward.

Police say Luis Noyola "acknowledged his involvement in the deaths of his father and brother" after police detained him.

As for the murders that happened at the intersection of Avenida del Sol and Cortez Drive, police say 26-year-old Jonathan Pena and his sister, 23-year-old Jacinya Pena, were found shot inside of a car. Jonathan was dead at the scene while emergency crews rushed Jacinya to the hospital where she later died. Police say an unidentified 15-year-old girl was struck by shrapnel in the backseat and sustained relatively minor injuries.

Police say that investigators are still trying to find who is responsible for the Pena siblings' deaths.

LAS CRUCES, New Mexico (KVIA) -- According to Las Cruces police, authorities are investigating two separate double-homicides that occurred Sunday morning within a span of less than 11 hours.

Officials said the first occurred about 12:30 a.m. Sunday at the intersection of Avenida del Sol and Cortez Drive on the city’s East Mesa.

According to preliminary reports, two victims, a 26-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman, were shot while inside a vehicle at the intersection of Avenida del Sol and Cortez Drive.

Las Cruces Police said the man died on scene while the woman was transported to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead. A 15-year-old girl, seated in the backseat of the vehicle, was struck by shrapnel and received relatively minor injuries.

Police are still investigating who may have been responsible for the shooting.

Las Cruces Police were also dispatched to a home Sunday at 11 a.m. on the 1100 block of Wofford Drive, where two deceased men were located.

Investigators believe a 46-year-old man killed his 88-year-old father and his 51-year-old brother.

Police have the 46-year-old man in custody and are conducting multiple interviews.

Authorities said the identities of those deceased will not be released at this time.

The incident is actively under investigation.

No additional information will be released on Sunday. Police plan on providing more information on Monday.

ABC-7 has a crew on the way to the scene.

Anyone with information on either incident is asked to immediately call police at (575) 526-0795.

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