According to Albuquerque police, detectives have closed 40 murders since this year and 10 more since last year. But there are still nearly 70 cases on the table — dozens more, including a fatal stabbing earlier this month.
“We will continue to look for you and we will continue to do everything we can to bring you to justice,” said APD Director Harold Medina.
ONE 7-year-old boy shot in the head just outside the River of Lights when crossing Central Avenue.
APD detectives named Sergio Almaza is the suspect days later, but at the last check, he was still on the run.
Now – they are sending him a direct message.
“We ask you to do the right thing. Your reckless actions cost a child’s life, and parents want justice, just as you would if someone hurt one of your children. your children,” Medina said.
But for many victims’ families – there’s not even a suspect.
“Families deserve information. They deserve access to information and they deserve respect,” said Terry Huertaz, APD homicide victim advocate.
She said Victims’ Advocacy has been overwhelmed with the recent rise in homicides, but says there are new strategies to keep families in the loop, especially at a time when this year.
“Holidays are birthdays, anniversaries, holidays that are difficult. We also try to recognize those special days. We reach out to the families.”
She said there are plans to expand the program next year but hopes there won’t be many families looking for answers.
“The police department has a lot of work to do. But I feel like we’re on the right track and really working hard to make sure we’re transparent and make sure the victims’ needs are being met. ”
https://www.kob.com/albuquerque-news/apd-reports-40-homicide-cases-closed-in-record-breaking-year/6345459/?cat=500 APD reports 40 murders closed in record-breaking year