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6 teens arrested, 3 charged with murder, in deadly Las Cruces shooting tied to drugs

Person if interest sought in a Las Cruces deadly shooting.

UPDATE, Aug. 17: Las Cruces police announced Monday the arrests and charging of three teenage boys – two 16-year-olds and a 13-year-old – with felony murder in a deadly shooting earlier this month.

In addition, police said they charged two 17-year-old girls and another 16-year-old boy with aiding and assisting one of the teens charged with murder in fleeing Las Cruces.

Identities of all the teens charged were not released because they are juveniles, police said.

Investigators say all the charges stem from an apparent drug deal gone bad in which 24-year-old Fabian Lopez was fatally shot in his car near Frenger Park on the night of Aug. 4.

After Lopez was shot, his car crashed on a nearby street with him still behind the wheel.

Just a few days later on Aug. 7, authorities said another Las Cruces man was found dead in a crashed car in that same park area in a case that was also labeled a homicide.

Police have not disclosed a cause of death for 18-year-old Jacob Daniel Becerra, but prior unconfirmed reports indicated Becerra had also been shot. That killing remains unsolved.

ORIGINAL REPORT, Aug. 5: LAS CRUCES, New Mexico -- Police on Wednesday released a photo of a man being sought for questioning in a deadly Las Cruces shooting the night before, and offered a reward in the hopes of finding him.

The shooting happened about 9 p.m. in the 900 block of Branson Avenue near S. Espina Street.

Officers responding to reports of shots fired in the area said they found the gunshot victim inside a car that crashed into a yard.

The victim, identified by police as 24-year-old Fabian Lopez, was rushed to a nearby hospital where he died a short time later.

Police asked anyone who knew the man pictured in the photo they released to contact investigators, and Crime Stoppers offered a $2,000 reward for information in the case.

Authorities said tips about the man they described as a "person of interest" can be provided anonymously by calling Las Cruces Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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Jim Parker

Jim Parker is the Director of Digital Content for ABC-7.



    1. These fools all look a like anyway. Same style hat, tatooes, some kind of finger gang sign, red chile drooling from the mouth. You know typical gang banger like alberto used to be before he became gay. Or transvestite or a hogs lover. Something like that.

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