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Victim recalls horrific shooting on 32nd anniversary of Las Cruces bowling alley massacre

Las Cruces Bowling Alley Massacre survivor wants more attention focused on case, "It is time to solve it."
Interview with one of the first journalists to arrive at the scene of the Las Cruces bowling alley massacre 32 years ago
Filmmaker adds to reward money to help solve Las Cruces Bowl massacre
Charlie Minn interview on ABC-7 at 4
Las Cruces Bowl Victims
Las Cruces Bowl victims

LAS CRUCES, New Mexico-- Over three decades have passed with this crime unsolved. There is a new detective in charge of the investigation and the reward money has been raised.

The Las Cruces bowling alley massacre occurred on the morning of Feb. 10, 1990. Two armed men went into Las Cruces Bowl, stealing an estimated $5,000. In the process they shot seven people, four of them were kids. Four of the seven victims died at the scene: bowling alley employee Steven Teran, 26; his daughters Valerie Teran, 2, and Paula Holguin, 6; and Amy Houser, 13.

Today there's $32,000 in reward for information leading to the suspects of the unsolved crime. Seven thousand dollars from that amount come Charlie Minn's pockets, the moviemaker who produced the 2011 documentary on the crime called "A nightmare in Las Cruces".

When ABC 7 last spoke to Det. Amador Martinez, in charge of the investigation, said the unsolved case remains a very active investigation and police are re-examining forensic evidence using new scientific techniques.

After all these years, no memorial has been erected honoring the victims of that massacre. However, Minn's documentary, will be showing at Basset Place Premier Cinema in El Paso at 7:00 pm Thursday.

Listen to the Stephanie Valle's Borderland Crimes podcast about the mass shooting by clicking here.

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